Stephen Coulthart, PhD '15, Assistant Professor of Security Studies at The University of Texas at El Paso

Stephen Coulthart received his PhD from GSPIA in 2015. During his time here, he worked on the “Understanding the Responsibility to Protect” project at the Ford Institute. He and two other students coded and analyzed transcriptions of diplomats’ dialog at the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council to examine how the norms of intervention in humanitarian crises have changed. This hands-on experience provided him with practical skills he would later utilize in furthering his career. 

During the summer of my second year in the PhD program at GSPIA, I worked on the “Understanding the Responsibility to Protect” project at the Ford Institute. Two other students and I coded and analyzed transcriptions of diplomats’ dialog at the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council to examine how the norms of intervention in humanitarian crises have changed. It was exactly the type of work that I love to do: applied but theoretically interesting and methodologically novel. That same summer, I also gained some hands-on experience in research project management. Indeed, it was an excellent opportunity to become familiar with the “business side” of research, from dealing with setting up software to tasking research assistants. Both of these experiences at the Ford Institute—conducting innovative research and gaining project management experience—have been extremely helpful in my professional life.

 

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