Dr. Rebecca A. Glazier, the primary investigator of the Little Rock Congregations Study, received her PhD in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2009. She is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs.
Dr. Rebecca A. Glazier
“This research project is dear to my heart. There is so much good that religious organizations do in our community and I love getting students out of the classroom and into the community to learn about it. Seeing students develop research questions and test hypotheses in the data we collect is really rewarding. I am so grateful to the congregations we work with for providing these great opportunities.”
Over 60 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the 2016 Little Rock Congregations Study. Below are quotes from a few members of the research team.
“I had the honor of participating in the 2016 LRCS from the early stages of research design through to the presentation of initial findings at the Anderson Institute’s Racial Attitudes Conference. The LRCS provided me with invaluable experience in collecting, analyzing, and presenting social science data, as well as the opportunity to engage with the Little Rock community more broadly. In addition to the excellent professional and academic experience, my time working with the LRCS team showed me the importance of engagement and dialogue as our city, state, and nation strive to heal divisions and achieve a better society.“
“Studying congregants and their connection to the 2016 election wasn’t something that I considered before. I was able to gain valuable experience through this project.“
“Researching the correlation between church attendance and community engagement for Catholics and Black Protestants helped me grasp a deeper understanding on how religion informs community-driven political action. Moreover, working on this project increased my knowledge of statistical analysis, and it provided me with stronger tools to utilize in my future career in public policy analysis and development.”
“The Little Rock Congregation study provided me with the opportunity to study the intersection between politics, religion, and race at the local level. Through this project, I was able to participate in upper-level research as undergraduate. It has also inspired the research that I am currently working on.”
“The Little Rock Congregation Study gave me insight into the world of academia I would not have otherwise gotten and helped me to realize this is the career field that I want to be pursuing.”
In all, over 60 students from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service participated in the research. In this interview clip, Dr. Glazier talks about involving students in the research.