Current Projects

I am currently working on a series of projects, some on my own and others with several students.


applications OF Agent-Based models

Computer simulation is a powerful tool that allows social scientists to have a better understanding of the dynamics of the social world. I am currently working on two agent-based models. The first model illustrates the importance of negotiations in organizations. Research has shown that organizational members who negotiate more are more likely to end up with higher salaries and better positions. The model that I am developing aims at illustrating the effect that negotiation has on individual outcomes of organizational members.

The second model that I am working on is an agent-based model that is based on Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT). It is now well documented that there are large gender differences in occupational choices at university level. SCCT explains these differences by focusing on the sources from which people get information regarding their individual abilities. The model that I am working on will hopefully provide computational support for the theory, thereby allowing us to better understand the interdependent nature of these sources of information.

Negotiation in Organizations

Negotiation is an important tool that individuals in organizations use to get access to resources and to further their interests as well. Research has shown that there are string gender differences in negotiation behavior, with males feeling more comfortable in negotiations than their female counterparts. I am currently working with a group of students on this topic. Specifically, we are investigating whether certain character traits that are traditionally associated with the feminine role lead females to be more apprehensive towards negotiation. The implications of this question are important since it might offer a partial explanation as to why females in the workplace tend to be paid less than males.

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Women are grossly underrepresented in STEM fields. Many theories have been proposed to explain this outcome. I am currently working with a group of students on understanding why this is the case. There are several dimensions to this project. In one part, we are working on a paper which aims at understanding what sort of obstacles, if any, do females who are currently working in STEM fields face. We are also working on two other papers that seek to investigate whether there are differences in mathematical performance at university level between males and females, and whether there are differences in students’ self-perception when it comes to their mathematical abilities.

Application of Quantitative Tools to Data Collected from Higher Education

Another project that I am currently working on individually is applying advanced statistical methods to data collected from universities in order to better understand the choices made by students and to test the efficacy of come policies which are instituted by the administration. This project consists of a series of papers in which I study the reasons that lead students to engage in academic misconduct, withdraw from courses, and engage in electronic learning systems. From the administrators side, I am currently studying the efficacy of English remedial courses in universities located in non-English speaking countries.

Online Course in Count Data Analysis

Another side project that I am working on is an online course that teaches students the theory behind count data analysis, in addition to the application using the statistical software Stata. The course will not rely on any mathematics. Instead, students will understand the different types of count data and how to analyze such data sets. Students are expected to have a basic level of understanding of linear regression models.