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China Scherz - Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of sub-Sarharan Africa, Anthropology of Religion, Addiction

Category: 
Social Science
Department: 
Anthropology
Supervising Faculty Member: 
China Scherz
Research Focus: 

I am currently leading a collaborative qualitative study of exploring (1) the introduction of treatment programs for alcoholism, (2) growing public concern about alcohol use and sale in Uganda, and (3) the various therapeutic pathways drinkers and their loved ones engage as they seek to make changes in their lives.

Position Description: 

During the academic year 2018-19 the two USOAR assistants working on the project will expand our existing database of news coverage related to alcohol use, legislation, and treatment in Uganda in the Ugandan media. This will involve maintaining, coding, and analyzing a web-based database of relevant articles drawn from the online archives of Ugandan print media and collaborating on a timeline of relevant events. USOAR students will also learn to conduct library-based literature reviews and assist in outlining and drafting an academic article based on the results of the news media analysis.

Required Skills: 

Strong analytic skills and interests in public health, history, anthropology, addiction, and Africa are a plus.

Training/Certification: 
None
What will you learn: 

You will know how to systematically gather data from news media websites.
You will learn how to code qualitative data.
You will learn how to analyze coded data to test hypotheses about how and why historical changes have occurred.

Specialization: 
Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of sub-Sarharan Africa, Anthropology of Religion, Addiction