How can major judicial decisions influence stigmatized groups’ attitudes and mental well-being over time



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Project Description

The purpose of this project is to develop a framework to demonstrate how the temporal dynamics of the major judicial decisions, such as supreme court ruling on same sex marriage in 2015, influences stigmatized groups’ attitudes and mental well-being. We will scrape large scale of data on twitter that are relevant to the supreme court ruling and LGBTQ+ community in general and keep track of their tweets both before and after the ruling. Sentiment analysis using softwares such as Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count, and other potential novel analytical strategies will be applied after data collection.


Undergraduate Contribution

Research assistants will be involved in all aspects of the project, including conducting literature reviews, assisting with research design, data collection and data analysis. 


Requirements and/or Application Instructions

Prior research experience with programming and statistical analysis is preferred but not required. Students must be passionate about research, comfortable with programming, attentive to detail, and able to commit 6-9 hours a week for at least 2 quarters to the project.