John Cabot University: the Academic Experience

For-Credit Research Assistantship

Students undertaking a for-credit research assistantship have an opportunity to deepen their research skills, while sustaining a more advanced research project in a specific disciplinary area. Research assistants may earn one unit of academic credit (on a P/NP basis) for the completion of at least 45 hours of work.

Faculty information

To place a call for research assistance during a particular semester, faculty members submit an application to the Dean's Office by a week before the first day of classes. If approved, JCU degree-seeking students will be notified of the call, and those interested should send their CV and statement of interest to the sponsoring professor. The sponsoring professor determines which eligible students may take on the position (it is possible to have more than one). To be eligible for a for-credit research assistantship students must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students on academic probation cannot apply.

Sponsoring professors should then fill out their part of the Student Registration form, and give it to the Registrar’s Office. 

Faculty Call for Research Assistant Application

Student Information

Students interested in for-credit research position should review the calls for research assistance, posted below and communicated to all degree-seeking students via JCU email.

To apply for a specific position, fill in the Student Research Assistant Application Form, and include a CV and a 1-page statement of interest.

If selected, the sponsoring professor will submit a Student Registration form to the Registrar’s Office before the drop/add period ends.

These courses cannot be used to fulfill general distribution requirements, or as Major Electives, or towards the fulfillment of Minor requirements; they can only be taken as general electives. Students can take a maximum of three for-credit assistantships within the 120 credit graduation requirement. They must complete at least 90% of their work by the end of the semester in which they are registered in order to receive a passing grade.

Available Research Assistantships

To apply for a for-credit research assistantship fill out the Student Research Assistant Application Form.

Academic Field: American Literature
Research Topic: The Letters of Carson McCullers

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Student research assistant will help Professor Carlos Dews with the research and editorial work on his edition of Carson McCullers’s letters for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishers. The specific duties will be helping in preparation of the manuscript of the letters of Carson McCullers for publication. This work will provide the student research assistant with valuable “hands on” experience with a major publishing project and allow the student to learn a great deal about the life and work of one of America’s major writers. Student applicants should be meticulous and detail-oriented.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Carlos Dews
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: The regular duties of the research assistant on this project will be comparing typed copies of letters with original manuscripts to ensure accuracy of the typing and doing research to find specific information about those with whom McCullers corresponded. Students who like detective-like biographical research will find this project particularly interesting.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: In addition to the work described above, the student will meet with the sponsoring professor once each week to give a progress report on their work and receive further detailed instructions, and will keep a detailed diary of all their work on the project.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: This work will provide the student research assistant with valuable “hands on” experience with a major publishing project and allow the student to learn a great deal about the life and work of one of America’s important writers.

Academic Field: Communications, Marketing, Digital Video Production
Research Topic: Assistant Editor(s) and Content specialists needed for documentary film production company

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: The leading professor, Jenn Lindsay, is a social scientist of religion and a documentary filmmaker. Presently she is in various stages of production and post-production of several different documentary film projects and requests assistance in the final post-production and marketing stages of film release and company launch. Students will help with generating social media content - both written and visual. Students who want to create visual content will need experience using editing software such as Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro. This is a fun, tightknit, creative and productive group of students who learn a great deal about the process of rolling out professional film into the film festival and distribution stages, and the daily operations of a busy production company.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Jenn Lindsay
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: After an initial workshop reviewing the work that needs to be done, assistant editor(s) shall meet with the professor once a  week to assess progress and discuss projects. On their own time, assistant editor(s) and content creators will make progress on their assigned tasks, which will include: distribution delivery requirements, art design, blog writing, video tutorials, marketing research, press outreach, and screening the film projects and taking notes on revisions. The documentary projects in progress needing assistance, in order of priority, are: Simulating Religious Violence: An 86-minute feature documentary spin-off of the above series. https://simulatingreligionfilm.com/ The MRP Series. An 8-episode verité series about a group of computer scientists and religion scholars developing computer simulations of religion in order to understand and stop religious violence. In post-production. https://mrpseries.com/

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: Assistant Editor(s) will be asked to read some texts relevant to this work. (2+ hours): Selections from Documentary Storytelling by Sheila Curran Bernard, and “Modeling Models: Documentary Filmmaking as a Purposeful Abstraction of the Modeling Process” by Prof. Jenn Lindsay. Attend a weekly meeting about the film and production company. View Simulating Religious Violence and current cuts of all 8 episodes of The MRP Series multiple times, suggesting revisions to help bring the series closer to a final cut. Tasks distributed among Assistants to generate social media content to raise the profile of the production company and the film.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: Professor Jenn Lindsay has been working in documentary, feature and narrative film and TV production for over 15 years, contributing to projects at MTV, the Sundance Channel, Swede Films, and various independent post-production facilities. She has completed 7 feature-length or short documentaries with her own production company So Fare Films and served as the Staff Documentarian at the Center for Mind and Culture for five years. She has recently received a grant to produce and direct OM Shalom, a documentary film about the history of Hindu-Jewish relations. She previously received filmmaking grants funding the production of The MRP Series, Simulating Religious Violence and Minding Shadows; presently she needs post-production assistance in order to bring these ambitious projects into a new phase. Assistant editor(s) will engage a broad array of post-production and guerilla marketing skills in order to bring these projects closer to a new cut. Not only will the opportunity offer school credit and a substantial professional credit on a curriculum vitae, but the student will be trained in a rigorous workflow toward a clear deliverable: launching of these documentary series to the film festival circuit and distribution opportunities. This opportunity equates to a professional internship, and, given the proximity assistant editor(s) will have with the filmmaker, also a mentorship and deeper glimpse into the world of professional documentary filmmaking.

Academic Field: Communications and Media Studies
Research Topic: Media and the Environment: Researching the relationship between media, environment and climate change

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: The purpose of this research is to gather and organize materials related to media and the environment and climate, and to organize them for a web resource. 

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Antonio Lopez
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: The student will perform a variety of tasks for the professor to assist him in researching and creating resources for an ecomedia literacy resource hub. In addition to basic research tasks, the student will learn bibliography management software and the digital humanities tool, Padlet. The student and professor will set fixed hours during the week, but most research may be done independently. The student will learn important academic research skills and will develop practical skills for how to manage complex bibliographies with database management tools. The professor will also direct the assistant to important background materials in order understand the nature of the research project. The student is expected to work 3.5 hours a week on the tasks outlined below. Research tasks: • Organize media texts related to media and the environment • Research ecological footprint of the technological gadget production process • Research ecological footprint of social networks • Track down journal articles and books, and make interlibrary loan requests identified by the professor • Write short summaries of specific research tasks Administrative tasks: • Make entries into bibliographical management software • Proof read and edit bibliographical entries • Organize and catalog media resources • Upload resources to Padlet and write brief descriptions • Write short summaries of Web pages 

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: At the end of the semester the student is expected to write a short summary of tasks completed and what was learned during the assistantship.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: Students will develop the following research skills: • Learn how to research media and climate change using JCU databases • Learn how to assess validity and credibility of sources • Learn how to use Zotero (bibliographical management software) • Learn how to use Padlet

Academic Field: Corporate Governance, Accounting and Sustainability
Research Topic: ESG Score and firm performance

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: The research assistant will work on exploring the literature about the ESG score applied to firms operating worldwide, also investigating different firm variables that are affected by the sustainable practices implemented by firms. The main duties are related to: i) identifying the most common practices in terms of sustainability applied by firms; ii) elaborating a literature review about ESG score usage and firm performance; iii) elaborate a report concerning the relation between ESG practices and level of digitalization of firms.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Barbara Sveva Magnanelli
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: Searching for ESG score literature, firm variables affected by sustainability practices implemented by firms, variables used to test the relation between firm performance and ESG score, level of digitalization of firms implementing sustainability practices. Elaborating a literature review report. Elaborating an Excel file explaining all variables and summarizing the existing literature on the topic.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: Creation of a word file containing the literature review on the topic (written report). Creation of an Excel file that shows all the variables used by existent literature on the topic and the type of relation that was tested by previous authors (written report).

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: Supervision during the research process for the development of the literature review; support in the construction of the structure of both the word and excel file that will be delivered at the end (relevant to develop the skills necessary to organize work and to develop the logic and the timeline of a project).

Academic Field: Economics / Business
Research Topic: Industrialization and Gender Equality

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Support in an ongoing project on “Industrialization and Gender Equality: Developments and Trends”. Support in researching and systematizing the relevant literature; identifying relevant research questions and gaps in the literature; providing feedback on preliminary versions of the manuscript; formalizing the manuscript (unifying citations, document formatting, proof-reading). Precise topics within the broad field of "Industrialization and Gender Equality" will be discussed with the professor and will take into consideration the student's personal and professional interests. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: Industry 4.0 and Gender, Gender Equality in China, Digitalization and Gender Equality in Developing Countries, Impacts of Covid-19 on Gender Equality. 

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Alina Sorgner
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021
Full description of research assistant's regular duties: See above

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: A written report containing literature review on the chosen topic.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: Student research assistants will acquire in-depth knowledge of a topic that is at the core of one of the Sustainable Development Goals ('Gender equality') set up by the United Nations. Formal skills for writing academic papers as well as organizational skills of an academic will be developed. Due to the reviewing of relevant literature and regular discussions with the professor, the analytic skills for identifying relevant research questions and writing scholarly texts will be developed further. 

Academic Field: Economics / Business
Research Topic: Wine Economics and Regional Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: The research project is positioned at the intersection of two academic fields of “Wine Economics” and “Entrepreneurial Ecosystems.” The project is aimed to study the role of viticulture (or wine growing) for regional economic activities, such as entrepreneurship. Wine growing is one of the most persistent types of regional economic activities, which can be traced back to ancient times. Therefore, one of the research objectives of the project will be to investigate the role of viticulture (and in particular the presence of grape varieties genetically close to ancient grape varieties) in the level and persistence of regional entrepreneurship and innovation activities.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Alina Sorgner
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: Support in researching and systematizing the relevant literature; identifying relevant research questions and gaps in the literature, collecting data from official sources, for instance, on regional grape varieties, regional indicators of economic activity, and preparing data for the empirical analysis; providing feedback on preliminary versions of the manuscript; formalizing the manuscript (unifying citations, document formatting, proof-reading). 

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: A written report.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: Student research assistants will acquire knowledge in two academic fields – wine economics and entrepreneurial ecosystems - that are of high importance for business activities and economic growth and development. Formal skills for writing academic papers, data-analytic skills as well as organizational skills of an academic will be developed. Due to the reviewing of relevant literature and regular discussions with the professor, the analytic skills for identifying relevant research questions and writing scholarly texts will be developed further.

Academic Field: Economics and Finance
Research Topic: Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: ETFs: advantages and drawbacks; best and worst ETFs of 2020 and 2021; inverse ETFs

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Alessandro Antonelli
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: Searching qualified materials and databases on ETFs, producing reports and numerical examples on main ETFs 

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: A written report, using power point slides, describing main features, numerical examples and performances of Stock ETFs, Index ETFs, Bond ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Currency ETFs, Inverse ETFs, Actively Managed ETFs, Leveraged ETFs, Real Estate ETFs. 

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: The faculty-researcher will help the student with guidelines, indications and feedback about the work, and how to go on with it.

Academic Field: English Literature
Research Topic: Frederick Douglass and Charles Dickens

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: The research assistant will be involved in some of the research tasks for a book on the influences between Frederick Douglass and Charles Dickens. 

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Shannon Russell 
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: Students will be responsible for helping me to organize relevant articles and research materials in Zotero. Students will also be working with online archives of Frederick Douglass and the letters and journalism of Charles Dickens and his contemporaries to discover possible connections between Dickens’s contemporaries and Douglass. They may be asked to assist in searching for particular materials via web archives, including newspaper sources. In addition, students will assist me in the process of requesting the necessary copyright permissions to reproduce particular visual materials needed for the book. 

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: See above.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: I will guide the student researcher to understand what I am looking for, what materials I need to review, and where they can be found. By the end of this research assistantship, students should be familiar with the operations of a number of digital databases, research tools, and the advanced functions of Zotero which will aid them in their own student research and writing. They may have done some basic research of relevant material and will have helped to organize material for review, offering summaries of relevant material if needed. They should also have a good understanding of copyright and the process of acquiring permissions for publication. In addition, they will know how important it is to organize research for a large project and to be familiar with advanced library searching mechanisms, databases, and other resources of the library and internet. By the end of the project, the current and newly acquired research will be organized in both hard and digital formats for ease of access and in terms of relevance for each chapter of the book. At every stage of this process, the student and professor will be working in close collaboration to make decisions as to how to find, organize, and acquire the relevant research materials for the book. They will also be required to work closely with the librarians and to draw on their expertise. Where the student’s research assistance materially contributes to a publication authored by me, I will endeavor to acknowledge it. 

Academic Field: Entrepreneurship
Research Topic: Crowdfunding applied to the creativity industries

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: the research assistant will work on exploring the field of crowdfunding applied to the creativity industry (with a particular focus on Music and Film); the main duties are related to (1 identifying the most popular platforms used to finance music and films, (2 elaborating a literature review about crowdfunding and creativity industry (3 elaborate a report regarding the main trends of the industry and how crowdfunding impacts in terms of revenues and investments generated.

Sponsoring Professor's Name and Email: Maiolini Riccardo, Barbara Magnanelli
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: Searching Crowdfunding platforms Elaborating literature review Industry analysis and investment size of crowdfunding applied to the creativity industries

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: Creation of a database of the main platforms, an industry report with market sizing and investment trends/opportunities (written report). A literature review (written report).

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: Assistance in the research skills in terms of development of literature review. Support to the industry report (important also for career in the consulting industry).

Academic Field: Entrepreneurship
Research Topic: The Evolution of the Subscription Box Model

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Around the year 2000 a couple of Harvard Business School students revolutionized the subscription model (e.g. subscriptions to magazines, newspapers etc.) by creating the “subscription box”, i.e. a service whereby customers would receive periodically (monthly but also weekly in some cases) a box containing products in their category of interest. This has worked well with the most diverse product categories, from basic groceries to personal care, to flowers, chocolates, cookies, etc. The compelling reason to buy for customers fell in one of three categories: convenience (e.g. regular supply of diapers), the pleasure of giving (e.g. subscription box given as a gift), the pleasure of surprise (boxes containing random products within the selected category). Twenty years down the road, the United States is completely saturated with subscription box offerings (check as an example Subscription boxes for women). In Italy this model did not encounter as much favor, due to several factors: smaller overall market, lower disposable income for “frivolities”, a different perception of what constitutes value. In recent years, however, some startups have successfully adopted variations of the subscription box model. The current research project consists of two parts: (1) a survey of the existing academic literature on the subscription box model, to determine the typologies of the businesses, and the conditions that favor success; (2) a field review of how and to what extent that model has been adopted in Italy. Ideally I would need two RAs, one to conduct the literature review and one to map the Italian landscape (Italian a must). The objective of the research is to surface any gaps in the literature with regards to subscription box activity in Italy, and to determine whether there are entrepreneurial opportunities to be exploited in this respect.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Silvia Pulino
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: One RA will be in charge of the literary review, to produce a survey of scholarly sources on the topic, with the objective of providing an overview of current knowledge, identifying relevant theories, methods and gaps in the existing research. The RA will use databases to search for relevant literature, will evaluate sources, identify themes, and organize the resulting ideas before writing a final report. The second RA will be in charge of mapping the presence of subscription box types of businesses in Italy, assessing the emerging characteristics of the Italian market (size, growth rate, type of offerings, drivers of success, etc.). The field research will be conducted mostly online, but interviews to startup founders may become necessary. A case study may be part of this activity, depending on the information discovered in the early phases of the research. The final output for this portion of the research will either be a paper describing the typology of subscription box startups in Italy or in a case study.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: Both students will meet with their advisor on a weekly basis to report findings, discuss results and develop the research strategy further.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: The faculty- researcher will help students identify sources, conduct a literature review, write a paper or case study, and use the appropriate citation method.

Academic Field: Humanities
Research Topic: Humanisms and Beyond

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Support in finalizing an essay collection on “Humanisms and Beyond” edited by Prof. Fabrizio Conti and Prof. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Fabrizio Conti / Stefan Lorenz Sorgner
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: The essay collection ought to be realized on the basis of various articles written by members of the JCU History and Humanities Department. The research assistant ought: 1. to support the professors in arranging the articles in such a way that they form a comprehensive overall argument; 2. to provide support in updating the bibliographies of the texts; 3. to provide the professor with feedback concerning the reflections of the text, and 4. to help formalizing the manuscript (unifying citations, checking redundancies, and style of the text).

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: By the end of the semester, the manuscript ought to be ready so that it can be sent out to publishing houses such that it can be considered for publication.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: In this way, formal skills for writing academic texts as well as organizational skills of an academic can be developed. Due to the close reading of the reflections on various aspects of philosophy of posthuman art and discussing the topics with the professor, the analytic skills for writing scholarly texts will be developed further. The work undertaken by the research assistant will be acknowledged appropriately in the publication.

Academic Field: Italian Studies / Italian Cinema
Research Topic: Cinematic Rome 2.0. Italian movies with Roman locations produced from 2000 to 2021

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Explore the website https://www.cinemaitaliano.info/ricercafilm.php?tipo=anno&anno= and other web sources to identify and classify (credits, locations, genre, box office) the movies set in Rome and produced in Italy from 2000 to today.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Federica Capoferri
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: Searching Databases. Candidates are required to be able to read and fully understand Italian sources (Italian Language Proficiency B2 level or above).

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: Written Report

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: Research assistant will develop the skills to: 1. Combine quantitative and qualitative tools. 2. Use web-sources in a critical way. 3. Elaborate information in a structured report.

Academic Field: Marketing & Entrepreneurship
Research Topic: Brand strategies for startups

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: The project will explore how startups design and build their brand awareness and their go-to market strategy, in a fast environment with limited resources due to their size and funds, in the context of proliferation of ideas and alternative offerings. In particular, the research project will explore potential pitfalls and core success elements in building and articulating their value proposition. the research project is articulated in two main steps: first, a literature review (main duty of the Research Assistant) and second the design and implementation of the empirical setting (identification of startups available for the explorative qualitative study).

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Anna Fiorentino; Riccardo Maiolini
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: Literature review (scientific articles and reports from research institutes and consulting companies). Case study analysis and data collection

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: we will expect a lit review (around 6000 words) written with final consolidation of findings and a reference list of the selected articles

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: We will support the RA during the identification of the sources and illustrate the methodologies to follow in comparing sources, proof, and counterproof findings (based on most similarities/differences approach). We will also support the RA in the "problem definition", "findings collections" and "development of recommendations"

Academic Field: Media Studies
Research Topic: Digital Visual Culture in Cuba

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Prof. Diamanti is working on a research project on digital visual culture and audio-visual ethnography in Cuba. In particular she is writing a book on doing audio-visual ethnography in Cuba at night titled "Filmmaking the Dark Side: Nocturnal Ethnography in Cuba" to be submitted at Manchester University Press. Duties: The research assistant(s) will help in: 1) research academic sources on Cuban cinema and night culture (knowledge of Spanish language is an asset); 2) organizing bibliographic materials; 3) helping in finalizing the book production and organizing the final manuscript to be sent to the publisher.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Eleonora Diamanti
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: 1) Research and select academic articles relevant to visual culture, cinema and night in Cuba (main research topic); 2) Research and select academic articles relevant to Night Studies (literature review); 3) Produce a literature review on the assigned research topic; 4) Review and provide a complete formatted bibliography; 5) Provide feedback on the professor’s ongoing research; 6) Review a database (Excel format) for Cuban films.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: 1) Write a literature review of academic sources with a complete and properly formatted bibliography; 2) Review parts of the book manuscript; 3) Help with researching the book topics; 4) Produce a film database in Excel format for post-revolutionary Cuban films.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: This work will provide the student research assistant(s) with valuable “hands on” experience with: 1) developing critical thinking in researching and selecting academic sources in media studies; 2) developing writing skills in producing a literature review and formatting bibliographic references; 3) creating a film database; 4) developing analytical tools to catalogue various forms of visual media.

Academic Field: Philosophy
Research Topic: Philosophy of Posthuman Art

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Support in finalizing a monograph on the philosophy of posthuman art

Sponsoring Professor's Name and Email: Stefan Lorenz Sorgner
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: The monograph ought to be realized on the basis of various articles by the professor, which have been published already. The research assistant ought: 1. to support the professor in arranging the articles in such a way that they form a comprehensive overall argument; 2. to provide support in updating the bibliographies of the texts; 3. to provide the professor with feedback concerning the reflections of the text, and 4. to help formalizing the manuscript (unifying citations, checking redundancies, and style of the text).

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: By the end of the semester, the manuscript ought to be ready so that it can be sent out to publishing houses such that it can be considered for publication.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: In this way, formal skills for writing academic texts as well as organizational skills of an academic can be developed. Due to the close reading of the reflections on various aspects of philosophy of posthuman art and discussing the topics with the professor, the analytic skills for writing scholarly texts will be developed further. The work undertaken by the research assistant will be acknowledged appropriately in the publication.

Academic Field: Philosophy
Research Topic: Transhumanism

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: A public outreach monograph on transhumanism ought to be realized by September 2022. Currently, foundational research needs to be undertaken in which the latest inventions, scientific discoveries and media productions (from movies to Netflix series) concerning transhumanism need to be collected which will be included in the book as stories.

Sponsoring Professor's Name and Email: Stefan Lorenz Sorgner
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: The research assistant ought: 1. to support the professor in searching the latest news concerning inventions, scientific discoveries and media productions (from movies to Netflix series) which are relevant for transhumanism; 2. To create a database with the bibliographic data concerning the findings; 3. to discuss the contents of the findings with the professor.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: By the end of the semester, a vast database concerning the latest scientific, technological, and media developments which have to do with transhumanism should be available.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: In this way, organizational and research skills of an academic can be developed. Due to the close reading of the texts and discussing the topics with the professor, the analytic skills for writing scholarly texts will be developed further. The work undertaken by the research assistant will be acknowledged appropriately in the publication.

Academic Field: Philosophy
Research Topic: Childhood (and parental responsibilities). 

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: What is good and bad about childhood, for children themselves? What does this imply for parents’ ethical responsibilities? Our aim will be to “map” and evaluate some of the main philosophical answers to these questions. Through our meetings, we will discuss some of the most significant sources, and I will help you to write a literature review of a selection of sources and themes, which we will choose based on your interests. You will thus develop not only your understanding of the relevant ideas and arguments, but also your ability to undertake research and explore it in discussion and in writing.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Tom Bailey
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: The research assistant will examine some of the main contributions to the relevant philosophical debates and prepare a scholarly literature review of them. They will first prepare a list of relevant sources, based on an initial bibliography provided by the professor and further research undertaken through the University library, with the help of the professor and the library staff. The assistant will then prepare an annotated bibliography of ten or so of the most significant sources. Finally, the assistant will write a 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes, to be decided based on the assistant’s interests. At least four hour-long meetings will be held with the professor, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: 1. an annotated bibliography of ten or so of the most significant sources. 2. A 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: At least four hour-long meetings will be held with the professor, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills.

Academic Field: Philosophy
Research Topic: Love (and reasons)

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: We often talk as if we love people for reasons. Yet, on a standard understanding of reasons, this has some counterintuitive implications. So, how should reasons for love be understood? Our aim will be to “map” and evaluate some of the main philosophical answers to this question. Through our meetings, we will discuss some of the most significant sources, and I will help you to write a literature review of a selection of sources and themes, which we will choose based on your interests. You will thus develop not only your understanding of the relevant ideas and arguments, but also your ability to undertake research and explore it in discussion and in writing. 

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Tom Bailey
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: The research assistant will examine some of the main contributions to the relevant philosophical debates and prepare a scholarly literature review of them. They will first prepare a list of relevant sources, based on an initial bibliography provided by the professor and further research undertaken through the University library, with the help of the professor and the library staff. The assistant will then prepare an annotated bibliography of ten or so of the most significant sources. Finally, the assistant will write a 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes, to be decided based on the assistant’s interests. At least four hour-long meetings will be held with the professor, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: 1. An annotated bibliography of ten or so of the most significant sources. 2. A 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: At least four hour-long meetings will be held with the professor, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills.

Academic Field: Philosophy / Business ethics
Research Topic: Work (and equality).

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Although equality is generally taken to be a fundamental principle, various forms of authority are often taken to be acceptable at work. So, (how) can authority at work be justified? And what are its limits? Our aim will be to “map” and evaluate some of the main philosophical answers to these questions. Through our meetings, we will discuss some of the most significant sources, and I will help you to write a literature review of a selection of sources and themes, which we will choose based on your interests. You will thus develop not only your understanding of the relevant ideas and arguments, but also your ability to undertake research and explore it in discussion and in writing. 

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Tom Bailey
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: The research assistant will examine some of the main contributions to the relevant philosophical debates and prepare a scholarly literature review of them. They will first prepare a list of relevant sources, based on an initial bibliography provided by the professor and further research undertaken through the University library, with the help of the professor and the library staff. The assistant will then prepare an annotated bibliography of ten or so of the most significant sources. Finally, the assistant will write a 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes, to be decided based on the assistant’s interests. At least four hour-long meetings will be held with the professor, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: 1. An annotated bibliography of ten or so of the most significant sources. 2. A 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: At least four hour-long meetings will be held with the professor, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills.

Academic Field: Philosophy / Gender studies
Research Topic: Sex (and consent)

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Consent is standardly treated as a necessary and even sufficient condition of acceptable sex. But some feminist philosophers have objected to this. What are their objections? And how do they propose to distinguish acceptable from unacceptable sex differently? Our aim will be to “map” and evaluate some of the main philosophical answers to this question. Through our meetings, we will discuss some of the most significant sources, and I will help you to write a literature review of a selection of sources and themes, which we will choose based on your interests. You will thus develop not only your understanding of the relevant ideas and arguments, but also your ability to undertake research and explore it in discussion and in writing. 

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Tom Bailey
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: The research assistant will examine some of the main contributions to the relevant philosophical debates and prepare a scholarly literature review of them. They will first prepare a list of relevant sources, based on an initial bibliography provided by the professor and further research undertaken through the University library, with the help of the professor and the library staff. The assistant will then prepare an annotated bibliography of ten or so of the most significant sources. Finally, the assistant will write a 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes, to be decided based on the assistant’s interests. At least four hour-long meetings will be held with the professor, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: 1. An annotated bibliography of ten or so of the most significant sources. 2. A 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: At least four hour-long meetings will be held with the professor, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills.

Academic Field: Political Science / Int. Affairs, Art History, English
Research Topic: Spirituality and Black Feminism in Simone Leigh's Public Art

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: The project consists in translating the book from Italian into English. The research assistant will provide support to the translator who is responsabile for the project, identify the primary sources, take care of the editing of the text and the bibliography.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Eszter Salgó
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: Provide assistance to the translator, find primary sources and quotes, editing of the text.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: Regular exchanges with the translator.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: The research assistant will deepen her/his knowledge in the subject area (art and politics, postcolonial and feminist studies) and improve her/his writing skills.

Academic Field: Politics
Research Topic: Reforms in Communist Systems: Can Past Experiences Help Today’s Deadlocks in Cuba and North Korea?

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Most reformers or would-be reformers ended up badly in Communist systems, although from the 1960’s onwards they were no longer eliminated as traitors. The project, which aims at developing into a book, will assess the chances that past experiences have to exert influence on current surviving regimes, particularly those which, contrary to China and Vietnam, have not adopted the policies of economic reforms, e.g. Cuba and North Korea.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Federigo Argentieri
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: Completing and compiling the supporting bibliography and regularly discussing the project with the mentoring professor

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: An annotated bibliography

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: Indication of how to prioritize certain bibliography entries over others, discussion on the relevance of each entry and its author, general discussion on the various aspects of the research topic

Academic Field: Social Entrepreneurship
Research Topic: Social Franchising: is it Sustainable?

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: A franchise can use franchising to start a business on a pre-established brand name of the franchisor. As a result, the franchise can predict his success and reduce risks of failure. Franchising offers people a chance to own, manage, and direct their own business without having to take all the associated risks. This aspect has allowed many people to open businesses of their own who might never have done so otherwise. Franchising plays a significant role in the U.S. economy. As a well-established and important source of wealth creation, it has been amply researched. More recently, a new branch has developed: Social Franchising, i.e. the application of commercial franchising methods and concepts to achieve socially beneficial ends. Social franchising is a method of expansion for social enterprises. It works in a similar way to commercial franchising and enables a not for profit organization to scale and expand the reach of the operations and provide the same services in new markets and locations working with a local social franchisee partner. The goal of social franchising is to target an underserved population living in extreme poverty by increasing access to products and services that “consumers already know how to buy and use.” The current research project consists of exploring the extent to which social franchising has developed in Italy. The RA will be required to conduct a detailed literature review on the topic, with a view to identifying possible research questions for further investigation. 

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Silvia Pulino
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: The main responsibility of the RA will be to search databases and summarize the literature.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: The written report will consist of a literature review on the topic.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: Assistance in identifying data sources, structuring the collection of data and writing the report.

Academic Field: Social and political science
Research Topic: Grassroots social movements

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: This is the beginning of a new research project in which the professor intends to collect theories and methodologies for evaluating the effectiveness of grassroots social movements in different sociocultural contexts. Research assistants will help the professor to build a critical and up-to-date literature review on the subject as the basis for specific case-studies to be developed subsequently.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Isabella Clough Marinaro
Semester of assistantship: FALL 2021

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: Research Assistants will be asked to develop an annotated bibliography of the main works in the field, with an emphasis on the most recent developments. Together, we will select the most useful sources and students will provide written summaries of them for discussion and in-depth commentary during fortnightly (probably remote) meetings.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: Submit accurate and thorough written summaries for each of our meetings and participate actively in discussions (via Teams) with other Research Assistants and the professor.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: This position is aimed at students who are interested in studying political and social activism and the most recent theories on what strategies (political, communicative, financial etc) are most effective in producing sustained social networks and concrete influence in social policy making. Students should enjoy critically reading complex texts and finding ways of conveying concepts in clear and precise English. The assistantship will provide exposure to advanced social science research methods and theoretical analysis which are particularly useful for anyone considering embarking on research at the graduate level.