IPUMS International Team

Derek Burk

Senior Data Analyst
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IPUMS Data Projects

IPUMS International

Research Interests and Project Expertise

Data Cleaning and Reformatting; Data Quality Checking; R Language for Statistical Computing; IPUMS International Research Data Enclave


I joined the IPUMS International team at ISRDI (formerly Minnesota Population Center) on a part-time basis in July of 2017 while still working to complete my PhD in sociology at Northwestern University. My dissertation research investigates the politics of bicycle policy making in large U.S. cities, attempting to explain variation in cities' adoption of bicycle-friendly policies. Other collaborative research projects include work on gendered trends in economic self-reliance in the U.S., the relationship between Americans' beliefs about income inequality and economic opportunity, and the relative merits of traditional and computer-aided text analysis.

Selected Works

Nelson, L.K., D. Burk, M. Knudsen, and L. McCall. 2018. "The Future of Coding: A comparison of Hand-Coding and Three Types of Computer-Assisted Text Analysis Methods." Sociological Methods and Research, published online May 27, 2018.

Burk, D. 2017. "Infrastructure, Social Practice, and Environmentalism: The Case of Bicycle-Commuting." Social Forces (3), 1209-1236.

McCall, L., D. Burk, M. Laperriere, and J.A. Richeson. 2017. "Exposure to rising inequality shapes Americans' opportunity beliefs and policy support." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(36), 9593-9598.

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