Upcoming GIRI Seminar

Duke Immerse: Inequality in the U.S. and China – Spring 2020

Inequality in the U.S. & China explores ethics, economics, social inequality and policy solutions specific to each country. Students will conduct independent research focused on questions of mobility and policy across six domains: employment, education, wealth, health, political participation and treatment by the legal system. Under the visionary leadership of Dr. William “Sandy” Darity, this bi-national Duke Immerse offers Duke undergrads the unique opportunity to engage and study with leading scholars of inequality at Duke University (U.S.) and Renmin University (China). Students will also develop understanding of the configurations of power influencing disparities in both countries, scrutinizing matters of money, race, health, education, history, place and culture. This program includes a 10-day research trip to Beijing, China. The Inequality in the U.S. and China Duke Immerse integrates independent comparative research with cross-cultural exchange and interdisciplinary classroom learning. Immerse students will explore themes of ethics and inequality with Dr. Adam Hollowell as well as educational, economic and political mobility in China with Dr. Kunfeng Pan.

*Class is currently on a waitlist. Check the Duke Immerse page for more updates or future GIRI Duke Immerse course offerings.*

Program Description

The Global Inequality Research Initiative (GIRI) seminar is an interdisciplinary, vertically integrated research course that emphasizes a judicious application of mixed methods from the social sciences and humanities, including quantitative, qualitative, and archival research.

Cross-listed in multiple departments, GIRI facilitates integrated study and research across fields of social, historical, and political inequality. The course, typically offered once each semester, invites students to produce a major paper that will qualify for submission to a refereed journal in the area relevant to the focus of the study. Past GIRI seminar themes have included reparations, genetics and neuroscience, racism in Europe, and social determinants of health.

Program Goals

  • The goal of the class is to navigate the students through a rigorous process that introduces them to the research process. This includes some exposure to qualitative and quantitative methodology.  It introduces students to data gathering, cleaning, analysis, and presentation.  When students complete the course, they should have a better understanding of inequalities and its connection to the course’s topic.  An advanced undergraduate student or graduate student should gain value from this course.
  • In all Global Inequality Research Institute courses, the goal is to immerse students in open-ended research, only with the guidelines of exploring a component of the semester’s theme.
  • Students should not only be able to conduct research, but also share it. GIRI courses always conclude with a capstone conference, where students present their research in a poster or presentation format. The final component of sharing is the goal of having the research paper published in a Social Science journal.

Current GIRI Seminar

Race, Gender, and Entrepreneurship – Fall 2019

The goal of the class is to navigate the students through a rigorous process that introduces them to the research process.  This includes some exposure to qualitative and quantitative methodology.  It introduces students to data gathering, cleaning, analysis, and presentation.  When students complete the course, they should have a better understanding of both the dynamics of race, gender, and entrepreneurship discreetly and at their intersections, as well as the academic research process.  An advanced undergraduate student or graduate student should gain value from this course. In all Global Inequality Research Institute courses, the goal is to immerse students in open-ended research, only with the guidelines of exploring a component of the semester’s theme. Students should not only be able to conduct research, but also share it. This semester, students will have the opportunity to share their research at a national conference sponsored by JP Morgan Chase and at the Capstone conference at the end of the semester. The final component of sharing is the goal of having the research paper published in a Social Science journal.