Cline Center News and Announcements

Cline Center News and Announcements

  • 6/22/2018

    We are very happy to announce that the Cline Center received a grant award from the University of Illinois Social and Behavioral Sciences Initiative. It will support work on a comprehensive national database of police uses of lethal force and their social consequences.

    The co-principal investigators are our Director, Professor Scott Althaus and Cline Center Affiliates Professors Jennifer Robbennolt of the College of Law and Prof. Andrea Miller of the Psychology Department.

    To learn more about the project and SBSRI, see:

    The Cline Center launched this collaboration through the 2017 Boeschenstein Seminar on Public Policy, where we hosted academic and law enforcement experts and community stakeholders from around the country. Attendees reached a consensus on the necessity and design principles of a system for monitoring the occurrence and aftermath of police uses of force using the Cline Center Global News Archive and text analytic technologies. 

  • Prof. Althaus, with the Help of Students, Expand our Understanding of Mass Communication
    Scott Althaus, director of The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research and professor of political science and communication, recently produce a research paper that reexamines the historical significance of newsreels. With the help of students from a junior honors seminar political science course, they were able to show that newsreels played an important role in the progression of the news industry. Their study is being published in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, a leading specialty journal in the field of mass communication research. To learn more about their findings please use the following link:
  • Announcing 2018-2019 Linowes Fellows

    The Cline Center is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 David F. Linowes Faculty Fellows: Assistant Professors Jana Diesner (School of Information Sciences) and Chadly Stern (Psychology).  Linowes Fellowship awards, recognize, and support scholars whose work is relevant to Cline Center initiatives and who plan to use Cline Center data and technology in innovative projects.  

    Prof. Diesner’s project aims to use text-mining technologies to enable better disaster response practices by analyzing media coverage related to hurricanes. She will ask whether the gender of the storm’s name and the location of active media outlets are correlated with the extent and content of risk, preparedness, uncertainty-related rhetoric.

    Prof. Stern’s project aims to enhance our ability to understand and address political violence. He will use survey data and Cline Center-generated event data to examine whether the degree of consensus among citizens on political issues and values predicts the level of societal stability or conflict.

    These projects reflect the values, goals and standards set by David F. Linowes during his long and distinguished service to the University of Illinois and the American people. He served as a US Army officer during WWII, as the Boeschenstein Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy at UIUC, and in senior roles on a number of presidential commissions on topics ranging from privacy to stewardship of natural resources.   

    Generous gifts from Professor Linowes and his family enable the Cline Center to support these Faculty Fellows as well as the annual Linowes Lecture on Public Policy. These programs demonstrate Professor Linowes’ and the Cline Center’s shared commitment to applying cutting-edge academic knowledge to today’s most challenging policy issues and pressing societal problems.

  • 3/30/2018

    The Cline Center is pleased to announce that Political Science doctoral students Luzmarina Garcia and Sanghoon Kim will be joining us as 2018 Schroeder Fellows this summer.  

    Luz will be working with Social, Political, and Economic Event Database (SPEED) data drawn from New York Times articles published between 1945 and 2005 to explore civil unrest events associated with social movements. By cataloguing the characteristics of social movements associated with different kinds of unrest events and integrating event data with geospatial analysis, Luz will develop time series models to better understand how civil unrest activity evolves as a function of group characteristics and resource disparities.

    Sanghoon will be using the Cline Center’s Global News Archive in combination with SPEED data to understand how political corruption scandals are reported in news outlets around the world, how those scandals are used strategically by political parties for electoral advantage, and how news of those corruption scandals affects voting in countries with authoritarian legacies.

  • 2/26/2018

    The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research is pleased to invite AY2018-19 applications for the  David F. Linowes Faculty Fellows Program, which is made possible by a generous gift from the Linowes family. This program recognizes exceptionally promising faculty members doing innovative work aligned with the mission of the Cline Center. All tenure-stream faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign are eligible.

    Linowes Faculty Fellows benefit from opportunities for innovation and discovery using the  Cline Center’s data holdings and/or analytic tools. Fellows receive a discretionary research budget of $5,000, plus additional in-kind support from the Cline Center as needed, potentially including dedicated staff  time and computational resources. Appointments will be for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second, depending upon the project, and successful completion of an end-of-year performance evaluation. Fellows are expected to maintain a regular presence at the Center and will be provided with office space as appropriate. They gain access to Cline Center staff, services, and computational  resources for the duration of their fellowship. Fellows are also expected play a leadership role in conceiving and organizing the annual David F. Linowes Lecture on Public Policy.

    Applicants should provide a short project summary (two pages, maximum) that describes the proposed project and its relationship to the Cline Center’s ongoing research initiatives. Additional merit criteria include the proposal’s: (1) use of, or contributions to, Cline Center analytic tools or data resources  (e.g., SPEED civil unrest data, Phoenix event data, Rule of Law data, Composition of Religious and Ethnic Groups data, the more than 100 million articles in the Center’s Global News Archive); (2) likelihood of being completed during the fellowship year; (3) alignment with the mission and core values of the Cline Center.

    A strong proposal will also mention deliverables to be completed by the end of the year (i.e., papers written, software developed, data compiled, analyses completed). It should also include a detailed estimate of in-kind Cline Center support that will be needed to complete the project (e.g., server resources, data acquisition costs, software development support, staff assistance for text analytics research, etc.).

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their project ideas with the Center’s director before developing a final proposal. A faculty committee will evaluate the proposals. When evaluating proposed continuing projects, the committee will assess past performance and progress. Awards will be announced by May 1, 2018 and must be approved at the college and campus levels.

    Proposals must be emailed to the Cline Center’s business manager, Sheila Roberts (, before 5:00pm on April 1, 2018. Completed proposals must include:

    • A brief letter that discusses how the project fits within your longer-term research interests and goals;
    • A short proposal (no more than two pages) describing the research project;
    • A copy of your curriculum

    Please direct any questions or inquiries to Scott Althaus, Director of the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research, by email ( or by phone (217.265.7845).