Curriculum Vitae

Sebastian Karcher, Ph.D.

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Current Position

Associate Director, Qualitative Data Repository, Syracuse University


  • Ph.D., Department of Political Science, Northwestern University, Summer 2014.
  • MA in Political Science, Northwestern University, June 2007
  • Magister Artium in Political Science (major), Economics and Spanish (minors) University of Tübingen, 2004


Fenner, Martin, Mercè Crosas, Jeffrey S. Grethe, David Kennedy, Henning Hermjakob, Phillippe Rocca-Serra, Gustavo Durand, et al. 2019. “A Data Citation Roadmap for Scholarly Data Repositories.” Scientific Data 6 (1): 28. .

Karcher, Sebastian, and Sophia Lafferty-Hess. 2019. “An Epic Journey in Sharing: The Story of a Young Researcher’s Journey to Share Her Data and the Information Professionals Who Tried to Help.” IASSIST Quarterly 43 (1): 1–10.

Kirilova, Dessi, and Sebastian Karcher. 2017. “Rethinking Data Sharing and Human Participant Protection in Social Science Research: Applications from the Qualitative Realm.” Data Science Journal 16 (0). .

Karcher, Sebastian, and Christiane Pagé. 2017. “Workshop Report: CAQDAS Projects and Digital Repositories’ Best Practices.” D-Lib Magazine 23 (3/4).

Karcher, Sebastian, Dessislava Kirilova, and Nicholas Weber. 2016. “Beyond the Matrix: Repository Services for Qualitative Data.” IFLA Journal 42 (4):292–302.

Karcher, Sebastian, and Ben Ross Schneider. 2012. “Business Politics in Latin America: Investigating Structure, Preferences, and Influence.” In Routledge Handbook of Latin American Politics, edited by Peter R. Kingstone and Deborah J. Yashar, 273–84. New York, NY: Routledge.

Karcher, Sebastian, and David A. Steinberg. 2013. “Assessing the Causes of Capital Account Liberalization: How Measurement Matters.” International Studies Quarterly 57 (1):128–37.

Schneider, Ben Ross, and Sebastian Karcher. 2010. “Complementarities and Continuities in the Political Economy of Labor Markets in Latin America.” Socio-Economic Review 8 (4):623–651.

Work in Progress

Karcher, Sebastian and Nicholas Weber. forthcoming. “Annotation for Transparent Inquiry: Transparent Data and Analysis for Qualitative Research.” IASSIST Quarterly.

Kapiszewski, Diana, and Sebastian Karcher. 2019. “Transparency in Practice in Qualitative Research”. (under review)

Jones, Kristal, Steven M. Alexander, Nathan Bennett, Libby Bishop, Amber Budden, Michael Cox, Mercè Crosas, (…) Sebastian Karcher (…) et al. 2019. Enhancing sustainability science, policy, and practice through qualitative data sharing.” (under review)

Crosas, Mercè, Julian Gautier, Sebastian Karcher, Dessi Kirilova, Gerard Otalora, and Abigail Schwartz. 2018. “Data Policies of Highly-Ranked Social Science Journals.” SocArXiv, March. (Winner: Best paper award, IASSIST 2018 Annual Meeting)

Elman, Colin, and Sebastian Karcher. forthcoming. “Data Infrastructure,” in Colin Elman, John Gerring, and James Mahoney (eds.), The Production of Knowledge. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.

Gerring, John, Sebastian Karcher, and Brendan Apfeld, “Impact Metrics,” in: The Production of Knowledge.

Pedagogical Writing

Managing Qualitative Social Science Data: An Interactive Online Course (with Diana Kapiszewski and Dessi Kirilova, under commission from the Social Science Resource Council).

Author Carpentry: Open authoring and publishing. doi:10.7907/Z96H4FFZ (with Gail Clement and Tom Morrel)

Mastering Zotero (with Rintze Zelle). Book Manuscript in progress:


Qualitative Data Repository (2018-2020), National Science Foundation (Co-PI)

Privacy Interoperability, Sloan Foundation (Co-PI; subaward from the Unviersity of Washington, Seattle)

Software Development

Co-maintainer of the Citation Style Language (CSL) style repository, the largest open source repository of automated citations styles (used in Zotero, Mendeley, Papers, etc.) (XML, git).

Translator development and maintenance for Zotero. (javascript)

Co-author of Zotero-ODF-Scan Zotero/Firefox add-on for google docs and Scrivener integrations. (javascript, some XUL)

Work Experience

Course Design – In the Telling, LLC, Boulder CO, production of online courses (2014–2016).

Workshop Facilitator for “Zotero Trainer” workshops. Workshops for librarians and others supporting Zotero at university libraries across the United States.

Teaching Assistant Department of Political Science, Northwestern University, 2005–2009.

Awards and Scholarships

  • Guest Scholar, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2010–2011
  • International Dissertation Research Fellowship – Social Science Research Council, 2008–2009

Membership in Professional Organizations

IASSIST, RDA, RDAP, Force11, American Political Science Association

Professional Service

  • Reviewer for International Studies Review, International Studies Quarterly, Latin American Research Review, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Development Studies, and Business Politics.
  • Grant review (panel), National Science Foundation
  • Technical Steering Groups, Datacite


German (native), English (functionally native), Spanish (fluent), Portuguese, French (reading, basic conversation), Latin (good reading).


Stata, R, Javascript, python, git, xml/html