The Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society is hiring one research assistant (RA) for the current academic term to work directly with BKC Fellow Prof. Elizabeth Dubois on a project examining the roles of social media influencers in elections globally.
The RA will help with data collection and analysis including collecting laws, regulations and policies related to social media influencer use in politics in Canada, US, UK and Chile as well as information from marketing agencies who represent influencers in those countries. As the project progresses there may be opportunities to contribute to writing a journal article. The RA will join an active interdisciplinary international team and will be supported through regular meetings with Dubois and with other in her research group.
The RA will work with Elizabeth in the following ways:
● Reviewing existing literature and policy documents (such as case law, statutes, research papers, and articles, among other materials), organizing them into a database, and preparing short summaries of findings.
● Assisting with the development of a strategy for continued policy, law and regulation monitoring on the topic.
● Keeping apprised of current events and conversation related to these issues and bring forward notable updates.
● Assisting with writing and/or editorial review and formatting of outputs such as research papers and conference presentations.
● This position is currently hybrid.
● To be eligible for this position, you must be a currently enrolled student at Harvard Law School or in a policy-related program at any other Harvard school.
● The time commitment would be between 10-15 hours per week.
● The ideal start date for this position is as soon as possible.
● Unless otherwise noted, the hourly wage for the above positions is $20.50 per hour.
● No other benefits are provided.
● We do not have the ability to provide authorization to work in the U.S.
How to apply
Please send your current CV or resume, a one page cover letter summarizing your interest and experience, and a short writing sample (essays, blog posts, papers, …) to email@example.com with the subject line “RA Position: [Last name, First name]”.
Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society is a University-wide research center and one of the largest and most influential conveners and accelerators of scholars, technologists, activists and makers working on cyberspace and related law and public policy matters in the public interest.
About Dr. Elizabeth Dubois
Dr. Elizabeth Dubois (PhD, University of Oxford) is an Associate Professor and Chair in Politics, Communication and Technology at the University of Ottawa where she runs the Pol Comm Tech Lab and is a member of the Center for Law, Technology and Society. She is also a Fellow at the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard University and an Affiliate at the Center for Information, Technology and Public Life at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work examines political uses of digital media including media manipulation, citizen engagement, and artificial intelligence. She leads the multi-disciplinary Pol Comm Tech Lab which includes political scientists, computer scientists, and communication students. She collaborates internationally with non-profits, technology companies, journalists, and academics. She also hosts the Wonks and War Rooms podcast where political communication theory meets on the ground strategy.