The National Black Election/Politics Studies: Use and Analysis


A central aim of this workshop is to increase participants? knowledge of the scientific and racial issues shaping national Black politics surveys, largely conducted by the Program for Research on Black Americans, University of Michigan. These surveys begin with the 1984 Democratic Party primary campaign of the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and conclude with the 2004 national presidential election campaign. The workshop will use the Black politics surveys (1984, 1988, 1996, 2004) to examine topics such as political participation, racial interests, partisanship, collective norms, and values, and Black American perceptions of other racial and ethnic groups. This workshop provides graduate students, faculty members, and researchers with opportunities to construct measurement scales, tests of significance, and multivariate models. We will examine the rational for the employment of various sampling methodologies, mainly, face-to-face, telephone, and mail surveys. By describing the innovations, strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches, individuals will gain a deeper appreciation of the challenges confronting researchers wishing to conduct studies on Black American public opinion. Participants will read empirical articles, book chapters, and essays pertaining to black politics. Guest speakers will include researchers involved in data collection, as well as those that have published works from the National Black Politics Surveys.

Application: Admission to this course is through a competitive application process. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Applications must include a vita and a cover letter summarizing research interests, course objectives, and experience, as well as a completed on-line enrollment through the Program registration site. All supporting materials must be submitted electronically through the Summer Program registration portal on each applicant's Summer Program account page.

Deadline: Applications are due by Monday, May 14, 2012.

Fee: There will be no tuition fees for accepted participants.

Tags: election studies

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