7/25 Coal Plant Project Update

This summer, I am working on a research project for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the ENSP program at William & Mary. She gave me the task to collect data relating to the geostrategy behind coal plants in the United States, as she looked into the economic implications.

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6/29 Coal Project Update

A little over a week ago, I talked about the Family & Medical Leave Act project that I was working on. However, this past week or so, I have been working alongside Professor Maliniak, Professor Harish, Akash Palani, and Grace Williams on a project exploring the geostrategic influence of coal plants. The project was introduced by an economics grad student who wanted our assistance in finding the institutional and governance aspects related to her study. She has the economics background, and we have the government background, and hopefully when we bring both disciplines together, we’ll have a more wholistic picture as to why coal plants are located where they are.

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4/14 – Introduction to G-NTC and Coal Plants Projects

Over the past academic year, I have worked on a project related to gender-neutral tenure clock stopping policies. My team consists of Professors Maliniak and Peterson, Eric Parajon, Jack Nicol, and Hannah Petrie. As of now, our short term goal is to find a concrete research question, and to do so, we are sifting through all data sets related gender policies in academia. Our research is inspired by a paper titled “Equal by Inequitable: Who Benefits from Gender-Neutral Tenure Clock Stopping Policies?” We believe that we can effectively recreate the experiment and find more accurate data through the TRIP (Teaching, Research & International Policy) data available. 

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This is the end… or is it?

Traditionally, the last blog post of summer research is supposed to sum up the summers work. Content wise, a lot of that has been covered in the past two blog posts. In those posts I discuss the theoretical meat of my project in greater detail. However, I want to take this opportunity to share some of the more personal lessons that I’ve learned working on my project this summer.

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These are findings

Leitner et al. (2008) describe five main aspects of spatiality that should be accounted for in any analysis of a social movement or instance contentious politics (e.g. resistance): place, scale, networks, positionality and mobility. In keeping with their wishes to avoid anointing a master frame, I shall take this opportunity to describe how each of these concepts have appeared in relation to the case and in particular, my guiding research question: how does the materiality of of coal fired power plants affect the spatial distribution of resistance?

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