Research Equality of Opportunity and Exceptional Talent with Sanford School Team

Monday, January 7, 2019

Research Equality of Opportunity and Exceptional Talent with Sanford School Team

Research Equality of Opportunity and Exceptional Talent with Sanford School Team

Why do so many of the world's best sprinters come from Jamaica? How do children in underserved communities grow up to become world-renowned symphony conductors? A research effort led by Professor Anirudh Krishna is exploring these and other surprising cases of world-class talent in unlikely places around the globe. 

We seek students interested in working on specific cases: Nigerian novelists, Kenyan long-distance runners, and Estonian software engineers, and Israeli mathematicians with the possibility of other interesting cases. Students will review previous academic and popular press work exploring these questions, identify and explore additional data sources, identify, set up, and conduct key interviews, and assist in drafting book chapters. Ideal candidates can engage in self-directed research, stay organized and communicate well with team members and potential interview respondents.  Familiarity with a particular country case or talent type will also be considered. 

There is a possibility of international travel. Work will be compensated, though exact hour requirements will be set after reviewing student availability and team composition. We are looking for students available for the semester, with potential short-term extension into summer if needed and the student is interested.

Interested students should send an email to sarah.nolan@duke.edu by Friday, January 18th.