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McNair Scholar 2016Corey Culver

Corey Culver a senior at the University of Minnesota, is majoring in sociology. His research interests include the accessibility of higher education for minorities, and providing solutions for racial and gender inequalities in society. Mr. Culver will be pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology.

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My dream is to earn a Ph.D. in Sociology and to become a professor. Through that, I will get the opportunity to mentor students while conducting impactful research that is accessible to all.

Research project

Police strength and crime rates

Abstract: The way police forces are structured varies by country and time. This variation cannot be explained by any one factor. While focusing on police strength, this study examined the relationship between a country’s police strength and its crime rate. The question of whether a country’s crime rate has a significant positive relationship with its police strength was evaluated. Data utilized for this inquiry came from four sources: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); The World Bank – World Development Indicators (WDI); Pippa Norris; and The Quality of Government Institute (QOG). Once merging select variables, identified in the literature, from the WDI, Pippa Norris, and QOG data sets with the UNODC data, a fixed effects model was used to run a regression on the time-series dataset constructed. This allowed for an analysis of how crime influences police strength by country over time. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Elizabeth Heger Boyle, Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Minnesota, studies the role of international laws and policies on children’s survival and development around the world, and has now mentored five McNair Scholars. She has written extensively on the impetus for and impact of laws related to female genital cutting, including the book Female Genital Cutting: Cultural Conflict in the Global Community. Her current research focuses on abortion policies globally and their effects; including a 2015 article in the American Journal of Sociology. Professor Boyle is currently the Principal Investigator on "IPUMS-DHS," a National Institute for Child Health and Development grant that integrates Demographic and Health Surveys over time and across countries, making them accessible for researchers.