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Explore how the Cline Center and its affiliates are pursuing our shared vision through research, education, collaboration, and outreach.

2018 SBSRI Grant: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence to Document Uses of Lethal Force by Law Enforcement in Nearly Real Time

This grant funds a proof-of-concept study for an authoritative national database of police-involved shootings. It aims to demonstrate machine learning technologies to detect and classify stories about these events and help to establish whether systemic bias exists, its implications, and how it…

Collaborative Research on Extreme-Scale Text Analytics (CRESTA) Workshop

The 2018 Collaborative Research on Extreme-Scale Text Analytics (CRESTA) workshop was held on February 1-4, 2018, on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. The theme for this workshop was “Text Analytics Applications for Monitoring and
Understand Contentious…

The Coup D'Etat Project (CDP)

Coup d'états are important events in the life of a country. They constitute an important subset of irregular transfers of political power that can have important and enduring consequences for a country’s well-being. This notwithstanding, a comprehensive and well-documented inventory of coups has…

The David F. Linowes Fellows Program

The David F. Linowes Faculty Fellows Program is made possible by a generous gift from the Linowes family. The Linowes Fellowship provides exceptionally promising tenure-stream faculty with opportunities for innovation and discovery using the Cline Center’s data holdings and/or analytic tools.…

Schroeder Graduate Fellowship Program

The Schroeder Summer Graduate Fellowship Program is made possible by a generous gift from William A. and Paul W. Schroeder. The aim of the program is to enhance the quality of rigorous research on topics that fall within on-going research programs at the Cline Center by helping graduate students…

Domestic Perspectives on Contemporary Democracy (Democracy, Free Enterprise, and the Rule)

In looking at the remarkable proliferation of democracies since 1974, this volume offers important insight into the challenges and opportunities that democracy faces in the twenty-first century. Distinguished contributors detail difficulties that democracies face from within and how they deal…

SPEED's Global News Archive: An Overview and Assessment

The SPEED’s project capacity to contribute to advances in social research is bounded by the breadth and depth of its information base and the tools employed to mine data from that information base. If events are not captured in an information base – or identified using data mining tools – then…

The Societal Infrastructures and Development Project (SID): Gauging Differences in Institutional Designs

This PowerPoint presentation was presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association on September 3-6, 2009. It provides an overview of research on national institutions, societal contexts and societal welfare, broadly defined.

International Perspectives on Contemporary Democracy (Democracy, Free Enterprise, and the Rule)

Democracy enjoys unparalleled prestige at the beginning of the twenty-first century as a form of government. Some of the world's most prosperous nations are democracies, and an array of nations in Europe, Africa, and South America have adopted the system. This globalization has also met…

Popular Efficacy in the Democratic Era: A Reexamination of Electoral Accountability in the United States, 1828-2000

Social scientists have long criticized American voters for being "unsophisticated" in the way they acquire and use political information. The low level of political sophistication leaves them vulnerable to manipulation by political "elites," whose sway over voters is deemed incontrovertible and…

The Merriam Scholars Program

The Merriam Scholars Program was a program funded by the Merriam Endowment in which two faculty members, chosen by the Cline Center, were annual appointed as Merriam Scholars. Due to the terms of the Merriam Endowment appointments were limited to members of the Political Science faculty at the…

Automatic Document Categorization for Highly Nuanced Topics in Massive-Scale Document Collections: The SPEED BIN Program

This whitepaper offers a brief introduction to the BIN system of the Social, Political and Economic Event Database (SPEED) project. BIN provides automatic document categorization of highly nuanced topics across massive-scale document archives. The BIN system allows a group of trained human…

Demarcating Episodes of Civil Strife: An Inductive, Iterative Approach

This document outlines the procedures and criteria used to delineate episodes of civil strife for 164 countries in the world for the period from January 1, 1946 to December 31, 2005. Prior research has been handicapped by a lack of data on civil strife events and defensible criteria for…

Data Science Resources at Illinois

There are a number of data science resources at the University of Illinois that support research in the social sciences and digital humanities. Use the link below to view a list (in alphabetical order) of the groups who are conducting extreme-scale social science and digital humanities research…

Institutions and Economic Growth: An Empirical Assessment of the Post-WW II Era

This paper was presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association on September 1-5, 2010.  This paper uses data from an on-going project, the…