The Earl Babbie Research Center at Chapman University is dedicated to empowering students and faculty to apply a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative social research methods to conduct studies that address critical social, behavioral, economic and environmental problems. The Center’s mission is to provide research support and instruction to students, faculty and the broader community, and to produce research that addresses global concerns including human rights, social justice, peaceful solutions to social conflicts and environmental sustainability. The Babbie Center supports cutting edge interdisciplinary research and encourages faculty student collaboration. For more information about the Earl Babbie Research Center, please send us an E-Mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Host conferences with internationally acclaimed scholars and practitioners.
- Provide seed grant money to encourage student and faculty research.
- Provide travel funds to students and faculty who need to do field work.
- Host visiting scholars and post-doctoral fellows.
- Develop Courses that support the goals of the Center
- Research Design and Statistical Consulting
- The Babbie Center provides free consulting to graduate students and faculty at all stages of the research process. The Center’s staff has the ability to provide initial design consultations, assistance with a broad range of quantitative and qualitative analyses, help identifying secondary data sources, and, when capacity allows, assistance with data entry and management. Please contact us at email@example.com to set up an appointment. Drop in consultation hours will be posted soon.
International journal War Crimes, Genocide & Crimes against Humanity
- The open access international journal War Crimes, Genocide & Crimes against Humanity will soon be published by the Babbie Center in conjunction with the War, Society and Memory Research Group at Chapman.
Chapman University is developing a random, national survey of fears called the Social Reality Index. The survey will ask respondents the extent to which they fear crime, terrorist attacks, national disasters, personal crises and a host of other phenomena. Wave 1 of the projects is funded through grants from the John Templeton Foundation and by the Institute for Study of Religion, Economics and Society (IRES) at Chapman University and the Henley Social Research Lab.
“Working on the Social Reality Index has been my greatest academic experience in my years at Chapman. The interterm class was such an amazing experience, for we were surrounded by passionate students and professors that were excited about the work we were doing. I love the fact that the product I have produced with my classmates will be on a national survey. It is very motivating to know that the professors involved, trust and value our input enough to consider it for a survey. As an intern for Sociology Professor Christopher Bader, and the other professors working on the project, has been very valuable in the way that we are not seen as interns, but as peers who have an equal role on the process of developing the survey. I am very excited for the future work I will be doing for this internship, including publishing a paper with Penny Burner (Chapman Student) and Professor Bader. I could not have asked for a better experience to end my Chapman career.”
Parker Bradley (’14) Sociology and Anthropology major
"Helping to develop a national survey with Professor Bader and other students gave me real hands on experience with Sociological Research. Unlike my other classes, I was able to apply what I had learned and I will get to see current data on the topics we discussed. Doing an internship with Professor Bader will also allow me to work on a published essay regarding the results of the survey. This is a great way to find out more about the world of research and I feel like I have a direct impact on this research project."
Penny Burner ('14) Sociology major and English minor
Professor Crystal Murphy is current working on a research project that explores how microfinance, a development program targeting poor entrepreneurs, functions in an extraordinary post-war economy. The market in Juba, South Sudan is marked by hyperinflation, import-dependency, and shifting cultural values due to the repatriation of South Sudanese from all over the map. The goal of this research is to inform policymakers tailoring services in post-conflict situations. Several students are involved with supporting the project by conducting, transcribing, coding and analyzing qualitative interview recordings in light of interdisciplinary theories from behavioral economics, peace and conflict studies, and communications.