Introduction to to Nationwide Voting Data from Catalist: Chandra Muller

“Introduction to Nationwide Voting Data from Catalist.”

Tue, November 28, 2017 | CLA 1.302E

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

PRC faculty research associate Chandra Muller will present “Introduction to Nationwide Voting Data from Catalist.” The Population Research Center at The University of Texas currently holds an academic subscription to access the Catalist voting data for research purposes. (See www.catalist.us for a description of the company.) This seminar will provide an overview of the data available to encourage use by researchers interested in analyzing voting. Catalist provides aggregate data as well as individual data based on publicly available voting records, all for research purposes. As examples, we will present two applications of the data to research questions. The first application matched records of individual sample members in a nationally representative longitudinal study to voting records for recent presidential and interim elections. The second project matched voting records to the names of petition signers to study a city-wide election and social movement. Various other applications will be discussed.

Chandra Muller is the Alma Cowden Madden Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts at UT Austin and a faculty research associate at the Population Research Center. Muller's current research is on how schools and education shape life course outcomes such as work and health. In particular, she focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) preparation and careers. Of primary interest is the diversity in experiences and disparities according to gender, race and ethnicity, social class, as well as disability, immigration or language minority status. She has a large-scale study to collect, produce, and analyze national longitudinal databases to study the roles of education in work, family, and health from adolescent through midlife. See her project site here: Education and Transition to Adulthood Research Group (ETAG) website and The High School and Beyond Midlife Follow-up Study.

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