Paid RA position for Prof. Christov

I am looking for a research assistant to assist me in a research project on the idea of self-determination. The remuneration for this position is up to $1,500 and available immediately.

In asking “How did the self-determination of a people and nation building come to be seen as virtually synonymous?”, the project seeks to map out the political, legal, and historical literature on the subject. The RA job is to research articles, books, and historical data on the development of self-determination from the 18th century to the present.

All interviews will be conducted this Wednesday, Feb 5. Email Prof. Christov ( if interested.

Published at 19, ft. Chris Zuniga

Join me for a Book Talk I am hosting on January 28th, 2020 in the basement of Gelman at 6:00 PM. There, I will talk about my journey in getting published and what it really is to sit down and write and know that your work will become part of the public discourse. The event doubles as a University Academic Workshop. While I will be speaking on the industry and how to navigate it, I will delve into the structure, teachings, purpose, and content of my book. How I Became a Traitor will publish in April 2020.

There will be time for Q&A. Ask questions about anything. I’ll answer.

If you’re looking to learn more about the book and my journey, follow me on Instagram (@AtChrisZuniga) and read the section below.

Enjoy your day. Thank you.


Story of My Book

My name is Chris Zuniga, and I am the author of How I Became a Traitor. I wrote this book because I have had enough of the social isolation I and others experience for the “discrepancy” between our genetics and our ideas. The biggest obstacle in rebuilding our political and social arena in modern-America is the very social isolation I speak of. I believe the cause of it to be the same people who claim to understand the struggles of others and champion their causes as allies. Sympathy is not empathy. At the sight of my people’s brown skin, we are greatly “valued” by social advocates because we “matter and deserve a seat at the table”. But when we disagree, we are “traitors” and simply “not woke enough.”

Conservatism is not Republicanism, but the recent conflation of the two things has damaged our country. By conflating personal and social values to objective policy prescriptions that do not necessarily correspond with them, we force ourselves into a corner with our faces toward the wall. There’s no way we can begin to sympathize with something we corner ourselves into never understanding. At its core, my book is about the obvious truth no longer commonly practiced: politics is beyond appearance.

My hope is that, in reading this book, you will understand that conservative principles reach far below the surface of everyday liberal-conservative politics. I hope to instill in you the same passion and excitement that I have for understanding society’s facade of understanding the marginalized for its own social and political gain. Ultimately, I want you to see this book as a tool to help you gain special insight into the experiences of everyday people like me, who are assumed by outsiders to have specific ideas, characteristics, and experiences simply because of the way we look. More importantly, this book will help you grow closer to who you are as an individual and more confident in your control of the life you choose to lead.

How I Became a Traitor is a non-fiction book that speaks to everyone interested in the intersection between politics, values, and identity.



The Book – How I Became a Traitor

The book is written in 3 Parts….

Part 1: The Betrayal — Through stories like that of Antonia Okafor, Ashleen Menchaca-Bagnulo, and my own in the context of my family’s journey across the Southern Border, readers will understand identity politics beyond its definition, as well as how its adoption tears our social fabric.

Part 2: The Battle — Through stories of institutional and social suppression and outright racism, readers will learn how identity politics labels everyday minorities as either “tokens” or “traitors.”

Part 3: Our Truce — An exclusive conversation with writer and political commentator Steven V. Roberts will contrast today’s political arena with the recent past, demonstrating how a two-minute change in mindset is enough to restore political unity, promote social progress for all, and treat the country of its politics-by-appearance.



What I Need & What You’ll Get

This book will be published with New Degree Press. I set up the pre-order tiers to help cover the costs for publishing my book. Money raised will go towards the following:

  • The Editor I will work with to revise and publish my manuscript in April 2020
  • The Cover Design of my Book — the mockups you see currently are a placeholder!
  • The Layout Design for the interior of my book (Physical Copy, Ebook Formats)
  • The Copyediting for My Book — to help polish the grammar and spelling prior to publication
  • The Launch & Promotion Efforts for my book — when I ultimately publish this Spring

When I pre-sell 100 copies of my book, I will publish. When I pre-sell 150 copies of my book, I will also publish an audiobook. When I pre-sell 200 copies of my book, I will publish a hardcover edition. When I pre-sell 250, I will publish a translated version in Spanish.

I am also offering some exclusive rewards for people who pre-order my book now. When I publish, you will receive the following :

  • A personally signed copy of my book
  • A personal thank you note for pre-ordering my book
  • Your Name will appear in a Special, Acknowledgements Section of my book (“with Special Thanks to”)
  • Early access to the Introduction of my Book.
  • The opportunity to help give me feedback and be involved in selecting my cover
  • I will do a book topic/workshop seminar where I will share experience the experiences of writing my book
  • An Invitation to my Launch Party



About the Author

Chris Zuniga is an Honors student at The George Washington University, studying Political Communication and Sociology.

Born into an undocumented and poor family in inner city Passaic, Chris experienced crime, poverty, a struggling school system, and hopelessness. Yet, his ideology isn’t what you expect it to be. Having always been put on the spot for his in-the-minority beliefs, Chris learned to manipulate negative attention to his benefit at a young age. He owes this skill to those who try to isolate and discredit him, as he says they “cluelessly promote my success by giving me a platform. They make things like this book a reality”.

In 2017, Chris’s outspokenness earned him national press and an invitation to the Rose Garden for a formal address by the President of the United States. Chris wants a career supporting Black and Latino youth in navigating “toxic, but particularly toxic ‘liberal’ spaces” through imparting what he has learned in his journey from the fourth Most Miserable City in the United States (Business Insider) and into the pinnacle area of elitism, Foggy Bottom/Georgetown in Washington DC.

Chris speaks publicly at a variety of events and aspires to gain a platform where he can make social commentary that he believes will change mindsets, outlooks, and lives. In his free time, he dedicates himself to just that, having previously spoken at Universities, State Board meetings, Boards of Education, Tedx Conferences, and soon, his readers and podcast listeners.

For more information, you can connect with Chris via email at, on Instagram @AtChrisZuniga, and on LinkedIn.



Risks & Challenges

The biggest challenge with publishing a book is delivering the finished book to the backer, specifically my mailing of the book to you. I have eliminated this risk by building into the campaign the mailing and shipping costs of your signed copies to you within each pre-order tier.

The risk of delivering the pre-sale copies of my book is contingent on the publisher we use. I will be working closely with New Degree Press to make sure we get the earliest possible ship date of the signed book copy to you. We will keep all pre-sale backers up-to-date as my book hits each key milestone and publishes. You will know when the copies of my book you pre-ordered are expected to ship.



Other Ways You Can Help

Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:

  • Please Share my Pre-sale Campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn with your friends, family and network. Please use #IAmATraitor and tag me as well as my publisher, New Degree Press, so we can help amplify your efforts.
  • You can easily share my Pre-Sale Campaign Page via Indiegogo at the top of the page
  • Please share my book with five friends, family members, or co-workers who you think would enjoy it. Please do this as a text message or direct message on social media.

Thank you so much for all your love and support!

Thanks again,
Chris Zuniga

Apply to be a Writing Center consultant

Do you love to write? Are you the person to whom friends always turn to say, “Hey, could you help me with this paper?” If so, please apply to be a peer undergraduate consultant!

The GW Writing Center is a lively, collaborative, learning environment with paid consultants (the pay rate in 2020-2021 will be $16.50/hour) who come from a diverse array of disciplines. All undergraduates are welcome to apply. Most of our applicants are currently first-year students or sophomores, who go on to work in the Writing Center for several years.

Application materials  are due February 19th, with letters of recommendation due Feb 26th.  Interviews will take place in March.

Note:  If you are accepted, you must take UW 2111W, “Pedagogy and Practice for Writing Consultants” in the fall.  More details about that are in the Application Materials.

Please contact Professor Hayes if you have any questions:

Study Abroad in Argentina!

This summer the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is offering an exciting Honors study abroad program at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. This program is open to all current university level students (no need to apply to UHM to participate!) and offers the opportunity to earn up to 9 credits–6 in Spanish language and 3 in Honors through the course HON 330 Developing Intercultural Competence through Research.

This program runs from May 25 to July 3 and prices begin at $4,600, including a single room with an Argentinian host family and several excursions, such as an overnight trip to the Uspallata valley where we will see the tallest mountain outside of Asia, Aconcagua!

The Honors course is optional, but if you choose to take it be sure to talk with your Honors advisor to verify that you would be able to earn credit for it within your program. The faculty Resident Director of this program, who will be on-site throughout the summer, is happy to talk with you to work this out! We also have an opportunity for student work completed in this program to be published in our academic journal Mānoa Horizons.

Deadline to apply in February 18th! Please see our attached flyer for more information and check out the program website here:

For any questions, planning, or academic approval (such as discussing requirements for the transfer of Honors credit back to your university Honors program) please contact faculty Resident Director, Dr Jayme Scally (

Win $500 with the SURE Award

Did you know that Honors students have the opportunity to win up to $500 for their research? Apply here for the UHP/Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement (SURE) Award for your chance.

“Undergraduate Research Enhancement” may not sound the most exciting (well, to most people at least, but you are UHPers), but the funds can contribute to incredible research. Previous SURE Award winners used their winnings to conduct 3D scanning of bones at the Smithsonian, study lasers and present their findings at a national conference, and research the influence of sports rhetoric on political campaigns,

The application, due Friday February 7th, includes:

  1. Student Application Form
  2. Faculty Statement of Support
  3. Unofficial GW Transcript

Please note that the UHP SURE award is different from the university-wide one. There is a SURE Research award that is available to all students, but this one is a specific fund that is set aside for UHP students. Make sure you take advantage of the opportunity!

Good Luck!

If you have any questions, reach out to Brianna at

Chander Campaign Seeking Communications Intern

Chander for Council is seeking a resourceful, organized, and self-motivated Communications Assistant with strong writing, research, and social media skills to join our team. The primary focus will be on social media.

Chander Jayaraman is running for an At-Large seat on the Council of the District of Columbia. He is a progressive, independent candidate who has experience as an ANC Commissioner, business owner, and job training and social services program director. He is committed to re-focusing city government’s attention to its core responsibilities—public safety, education, and economic independence—and making city government work for its citizens.

Chander for Council is a fast-paced and collaborative environment. Candidates for the position must have the ability to work independently and remotely, meet tight deadlines, and balance multiple projects at once. This is an unpaid internship. Students who are from DC and attend school elsewhere may be considered for remote internship, depending on circumstances.

As a Communications Intern, you will:

  • Support the communications director with creation of social media content

  • Assist in drafting press releases, blog posts, emails, website content

  • Monitor media and social media

  • Suggest and execute paid social media activities

  • Attend events with Chander to generate written and visual content

  • Conduct research on an as-needed basis Possibly draft and help place op-eds

  • Help plan and execute events Help shape the digital media and other communication plans and activities

  • Post blogs and other content to the website


  • Ability to commit 15+ hours per week starting in January 2020

  • Current bachelor’s degree candidate or recent graduate

  • Strong writing and research skills

  • Competence with Canva, MailChimp, google docs, Squarespace, Hootsuite, or similar platforms

  • Passionate about local electoral politics

  • Basic video-taking (smartphone) and video editing skills

  • Preferred: familiarity with District issues, neighborhoods, and politics


To apply, please send an email that describes your interest and relevant skills and experience to David Connerty-Marin at Please do not include a resume.

First Meeting of The Review

The UHP’s new book club will be hosting its first meeting on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:15 PM

The Review will be hosting its first monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:15 in the Townhouse. We will be discussing Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, an emotional rollercoaster of a novel about Alaska, PTSD, love, and a dash of Ted Bundy. Even if you have not read this book yet, feel free to come to the meeting and sit in on our discussion!

Haven’t heard about The Review before and interested in learning more about the books we will read in the future and our future meetings? Feel free to fill out our interest form to receive more information in the future.

Data Sharing Approaches to Reconstructing Ancient Technology

Professor: Kylie Quave

Department: University Writing Program and Anthropology

Title: Data sharing approaches to reconstructing ancient technology

Description: The objective of the Cuzco Archaeological Ceramics Project is to
understand how the Inca state (ca. 1300-1530s CE) impacted local economies in
the heartland of the Inca empire (Cuzco, Peru). This project is a
collaboration between Peruvian and North American researchers and
specialists. Our focus is on ceramic sherds, which have been excavated in
pre-Inca (1000-1400s CE) and Inca archaeological sites in the region of
Cuzco. By studying changes in ceramic style and technology over several
centuries before and during Inca imperialism, we reconstruct how local
peoples interacted with the empire and responded to it, as well as how the
Incas used craft economies (specifically ceramics) to change labor landscapes
and alter daily lifeways.

In Phase 1, my colleagues and I identified excavated sites from which to
sample that would provide a broad cross-section of the Inca heartland in
these periods. Ceramic sherds were drawn (to compare forms and uses of
ceramic vessels) and photographed. We recorded attributes of artistic style
by photographing the sherds themselves, and recorded technological attributes
by taking digital microscope photos of the paste (the interior material) of
each sherd.  These drawings have been partially re-drawn in digital format
and all images have been organized and curated in a private database.

In Phase 2, we will migrate all the drawings, images, and associated metadata
to a public repository such as Harvard Dataverse where other researchers and
lay persons may have access to our database. From that public database, we
will create a survey in which users (both experts in ceramics and others)
will sort images and drawings to create categories of ceramics. We will seek
IRB approval before deploying this survey and will use the results of the
sorting exercise to demonstrate interobserver error among researchers and

In Phase 3, for which we are currently applying for funding, we will use
archaeometric methods (geochemical provenance studies and image-based
granulometry) to differentiate technological traditions among pre-Inca and
Inca ceramics. This final phase will take at least three years and will also
include annual workshops with researchers from Cusco, in which we will
continue to share data, create protocols for future data sharing, and build
consensus about how best to continue studying Inca imperialism through
ceramic sherds.

Duties: The research assistant will be responsible for research related to
digital data management (Phases 1 and 2), data sharing (Phase 2), and some
bibliographic research (preparation for Phase 3). Using Adobe Illustrator,
the RA will complete digital drawings of ceramics rim shapes and maintain the
organization of the files. The RA will also use Harvard Dataverse or a
comparable repository to design and build a database of project files that
may be publicly shared, with metadata attached to all files. Once the
database is composed, the RA will design and construct an online survey that
includes images, using an open source platform such as Google Surveys.
Finally, the RA will conduct library-based research on granulometry and the
use of JMicrovision for analyzing ceramic technologies. They will annotate
the bibliographic citations.

The preference is for a candidate with knowledge of coding and JSON who can use
the Dataverse API:
The RA should also be able to conduct library-based research.

I am seeking one RA for 7+ hours per week, two RAs for 4-6 hours per week, or three RAs for 1-3 hours per week.

Time commitment: 4-6 hours per week (average)

Credit hour option*: 2

Number of openings: 2

Submit Cover Letter/Resume to:

*If credit is sought, all registration deadlines and requirements must be
met.  Students selected to be research assistants should contact Brianna
Crayton ( whether they intend to pursue credit or not.

Business Strategy, Climate Change and Corporate Political Activities – [Research Assistantship]

Professor: Sanjay Patnaik

Department: Strategic Management and Public Policy

Title: Business strategy, climate change and corporate political activities

Description: Climate change is expected to be one of the greatest challenges
for mankind in the coming century. It is therefore imperative to study
possible solutions to address this important issue, both from a public policy
and a business perspective. For my research project, we will analyze newly
introduced climate change regulations (such as the European Union and the
Californian cap-and-trade programs) to study how effective these programs
are, how they affect firm strategy and performance and how they can be
improved to achieve the best results. This research effort is a complex
project that will include work on a variety of topics related to climate
change and is therefore ideally suited for any student who wants to learn
more about this essential issue. Students will have the chance to participate
in cutting edge research in an area of study that is increasingly becoming
important all over the world.

Duties: The duties for students will involve a range of tasks, including
collecting, reformatting and preparing data, conducting background research
(i.e. literature searches, scanning newspaper articles, web searches etc.),
basic data analysis (mostly excel), (possibly) some basic statistical
analyses (which I will train students in if needed) and exploring new data
sources.  The projects will include working on company data on international
and US firms, on greenhouse gas emissions and on data from international
organizations such as the United Nations. Students will also be working with
standard databases commonly used in business and finance (e.g. Orbis,
Amadeus, etc.).

Note: There are 3 openings!

Time commitment: 7-9 hours per week (average)

Credit hour option*: 3

Submit Cover Letter/Resume to:

*If credit is sought, all registration deadlines and requirements must be
met.  Students selected to be research assistants should contact Brianna
Crayton ( whether they intend to pursue credit or not.

Research on Communication Abilities of Children with Cochlear Implants – [Research Assistantship]

Professor: James Mahshie

Department: Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Title: Research on communication abilities of children with cochlear implants

Description: The goal of work in my lab is to better understand a range of
abilities exhibited by children with hearing loss who use cochlear implants.
The research addresses questions associated with speech production, speech
perception and literacy. Work involves obtaining speech samples from children
for analysis, along with a range of related measures that inform us about
listening experience, social economic status, residual hearing, etc.

NOTE: Dr. Mahshie will be away in the Fall semester and is looking for
someone in the Spring.

Duties: 1.      Designing and running experiments; Recruiting participants
2.      Participating in data collection
3.      Analysis of data, including transcription
4.      Maintaining lab paperwork including IRB protocols
5.      Maintaining lab equipment.

Time commitment: 4-6 hours per week (average)

Credit hour option*: 1

Submit Cover Letter/Resume to:

*If credit is sought, all registration deadlines and requirements must be
met.  Students selected to be research assistants should contact Brianna
Crayton ( whether they intend to pursue credit or not.

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