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

Peer Reviewed Publications

Jones, Kristal, Steven M. Alexander, Nathan Bennett, Libby Bishop, Amber Budden, Michael Cox, Mercè Crosas, (…) Sebastian Karcher (…) et al. 2019. “Qualitative Data Sharing and Synthesis for Sustainability Science.” Nature Sustainability. . Preprint.

Karcher, Sebastian, and Nicholas Weber. 2019. “Annotation for Transparent Inquiry: Transparent Data and Analysis for Qualitative Research.” IASSIST Quarterly 43 (2): 1–9.

Fenner, Martin, Mercè Crosas, Jeffrey S. Grethe, David Kennedy, Henning Hermjakob, Phillippe Rocca-Serra, Gustavo Durand, (…) Sebastian Karcher (…) 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, Dessislava Kirilova, and Nicholas Weber. 2016. “Beyond the Matrix: Repository Services for Qualitative Data.” IFLA Journal 42 (4):292–302. . Ungated copy.

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

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. Ungated copy.

Book Chapters and Other Publications

Karcher, Sebastian, Dessi Kirilova, and Christiane Pagé. 2020. “Case Study: Sharing Qualitative Social Science Data.” In Qualitative and Mixed Methods Data Analysis Using Dedoose: A Practical Approach for Research across the Social Sciences, by Michelle Salmona, Dan Kaczynski, and Eli Lieber, 226–34. Los Angeles: Sage. Ungated authors’ copy.

Karcher, Sebastian. 2019. “Qualitative Data Repository: Case Study.” In Looking for Insight, Transformation, and Learning in Online Talk, by Trena M. Paulus and Alyssa Friend Wise. New York, NY: Routledge. Online

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

Karcher, Sebastian. 2011. “Ungleichheit und das Trilemma Lateinamerikanischer Arbeitsmärkte.” In Soziale Ungleichheiten in Lateinamerika: Neue Perspektiven auf Wirtschaft, Politik und Umwelt, edited by Hans-Jürgen Burchardt and Ingrid Wehr, 179–200. Studien Zu Lateinamerika 10. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Thelen, Kathleen A, and Sebastian Karcher. 2013. “Resilience and Change in Federal Institutions: The Case of the German Federal Council.” In Federal Dynamics: Continuity, Change, and the Varieties of Federalism, edited by Jörg Broschek and Arthur Benz, 117–39. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Ungated authors’ copy.

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.

Republished in Spanish as:
Schneider, Ben Ross, and Sebastian Karcher. 2012. “La política de las empresas en Latinoamérica: Investigando sus estructuras, preferencias e influencia.” Apuntes: Revista de Ciencias Sociales 39 (70): 7–28.

Work in Progress

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

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

Kapiszewski, Diana, 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, commissioned by 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, $505,730 )

Privacy Interoperability, Sloan Foundation, Subaward from the University of Washington, Seattle (Co-PI, $140,520)

Software Development

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

Zotero – co-maintainer, translator development and maintenance. (javascript)

archivr. R-package for archiving weblinks. Co-author and maintainer

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

Invited Talks and Workshops

  • UC Merced
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Guttmacher Institute
  • Universität Mannheim
  • Albany University
  • TU Delft
  • University of Cincinnati
  • The Ohio State University
  • Caltech
  • University of Kansas
  • UW Seattle

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, PAA

Professional Service

  • Reviewer for International Studies Review, International Studies Quarterly, Latin American Research Review, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Development Studies, PLOS One, PeerJ Computer Science, 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