Jews: By the Numbers

CJS390H1S - LEC0101


This course offers an introduction to research methodology, with anemphasis on research design, qualitative and quantitative methods, andthe digital humanities. The course teaches students how to read, evaluate, and plot data in tables, charts, and graphs, using cutting-edge data analysisand illustration tools. For sample data and in-class exercises, we will draw heavily from datasets of interest within the interdisciplinary field of Jewish Studies, such as the PEW Research Center’s ‘Portrait of Jewish Americans’(2013), the Anti-Defamation League’s Global 100 Index (2015) on anti-Semitism, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (2018), and the International Tracing Service’s Digital Collection Archive (2015). No prior training in research methods is necessary for this course. Students will complete the course with the skills necessary to recognizebias in data, identify appropriate methods for different research puzzles, and communicate the stories in numbers.


Breadth Requirement: The Physical and Mathematical Universes (5)


Area of Interest:

  • Jewish History and Social Sciences


Day/Time Instructors Location
R6-8 Alexis Lerner SK 348