Jews By the Numbers: Research Methods for Jewish Studies

CJS390H1-S LEC0101

This course offers an introduction to research methodology, with an emphasis on research design, qualitative and quantitative methods, and the digital humanities. The course teaches students how to read, evaluate, and plot data in tables, charts, and graphs, using cutting-edge data analysis and 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 recognize bias in data, identify appropriate methods for different research puzzles, and communicate the stories in numbers.

Area of Interest:

  • Jewish History and Social Sciences


Day/Time Instructors Location
R14-16 TBA TBA