September 28, 2020

TITLE: Research Fellow
LOCATION: New Orleans, LA (Remote)
The ACLU of Louisiana is a nonpartisan public interest organization devoted to protecting and extending civil rights and civil liberties. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration and police brutality, achieving full equality for LGBTQ+ people, protecting privacy in the digital age, preserving the right to vote, or ensuring reproductive freedom, the ACLU is principled and strategic, willing to take on tough civil liberties issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

Spring/Fall fellowships will focus primarily on contributing to, and building out, the ACLU of Louisiana’s latest initiative, “Justice Lab: Putting Racist Policing on Trial.” More information about Justice Lab is located here. At bottom, the initiative aims to bring a wave of lawsuits challenging racially discriminatory policing practices in Louisiana.

The Research Fellow will engage in data collection and analysis that will be used to inform community members, lawmakers, and organizations about racially discriminatory police practices. The Research Fellow will perform in-depth, original research and transfer the research/original data into persuasive advocacy materials, including white papers, reports, profiles of impacted individuals and communities, and more. The research Fellow will report to both the Legal and Advocacy Directors.

We are interested in both full-time and part-time fellows. Full-time fellows are expected to commit at least one semester to the program. Part-time fellows are expected to commit at least 10 hours per week to the program for two semesters, which may include summer.

Fellows will be principally responsible for:
● Collecting, reviewing, and analyzing raw data related to policing practices in Louisiana;
● Conducting in-depth research on police practices and violence against people of color;
● Communicating results of analysis orally and in writing, including via reports, spreadsheets, and visuals (charts/infographics);
● Contact and interview impacted individuals, experts, and other stakeholders to support research, documentation, and culture change efforts;
● Develop research plans and methodologies, report outlines, and other work necessary to engage in the production of original documentation and policy reports;
● Undertake other duties as assigned by the Legal and Advocacy Directors.

Desired Experience and Qualifications
● Demonstrated experience with data collection and analysis, or an advanced degree with a focus in complex quantitative analysis, such as mathematics, sociology, or political science required;
● Ability to gather and analyze original research in a rigorous, nuanced, and efficient manner;
● Demonstrated commitment to the mission of the ACLU-LA and Justice Lab;
● Excellent writing, research, and communication skills;
● Ability to conduct interviews with a wide range of people, including impacted individuals, academics, and other stakeholders;
● Ability to produce high-quality written material under tight deadlines;
● A deep interest in issues related to civil rights and civil liberties, police practices,  constitutional and criminal law, access to justice, and diversity, equity, and inclusion

Our fellowship positions are for academic credit and are unpaid. Fellows selected for the  program must register with their graduate schools for academic credit.

How to Apply
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample focused on quantitative analysis to Application materials must be compiled and submitted in a single .pdf file. In the subject line of the email, applicants should include their full name, whether they are seeking a full-time or part-time fellowship, and which term they are applying for (i.e., Jane Doe Full-Time Spring 2021 Fellowship).

Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.

The ACLU of Louisiana values diversity and inclusivity and encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

The ACLU of Louisiana is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.