The Transitional Justice Data Base

The data base, created with Tricia D. Olsen and Leigh A. Payne, contains over 1,100 transitional justice mechanisms (trials, truth commissions, amnesties, reparations, and lustration policies) implemented in 161 countries from 1970-2010.

Transitional Justice Data Base (1970-2010) – Dataset

Transitional Justice Data Base (1970-2010) – Codebook

The Transitional Justice Research Collaborative

A new global dataset, with more refined data on trials, truth commissions, and amnesties, and new data on vetting, reparations, and customary justice, created in a collaborative project (funded by the National Science Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council [UK]) between teams at the University of Minnesota and the University of Oxford.

The Transitional Justice Bibliography

This academic resource contains 2,497 scholarly works on transitional justice, organized by topic and region.

Authoritarian Regime and Transition Type Data (ARTT)

The ARTT contains data on the length and type of authoritarian regimes and the type of transition in 91 democratic transitions from 1970-2004. ARTT potentially has numerous applications. It is designed, in particular, to test whether the type of authoritarian regime, the length of that regime, or the type of transition to democracy affect specific components of the democratization process or decisions of new democratic leaders. I compiled this data in conjunction with the Transitional Justice Data Base Project. The data can be found below in an Excel file, and a user’s manual that outlines the case selection, coding definitions for each variable, and case summaries from which the coding decisions are made, is also included.

ARTT Dataset

ARTT User’s Manual

U.S. News & World Report Historical Liberal Arts College and University Rankings

Updated with the 2021 Rankings

Thanks to Melissa Whatley (Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research, North Carolina State University), the rankings include the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System’s ID numbers, making it possible to easily merge them with any of IPEDS’ datasets.

When using either dataset below please cite as:

Andrew G. Reiter, “U.S. News & World Report Historical Liberal Arts College and University Rankings,” available at:

Since 1983, the magazine U.S. News and World Report has been ranking US universities and colleges. While I do not in anyway endorse the specific methodology used to construct these rankings, I know that many academic institutions and scholars use these rankings in their research and institutional assessment. I was in turn frustrated that historical rankings were not easily available anywhere online. The spreadsheets above contain all of the rankings from 1985-present for liberal arts colleges and from 1984-present for universities. The data for liberal arts colleges were compiled from the actual articles releasing the data each year (any errors in entry are my own). The data for universities only contain the top 50 ranked universities and were compiled from existing online sources. The second tab of each spreadsheet includes specific notes on the rankings for each year and sources.

Note: I have included tiers for many years for the liberal arts college rankings, but most were only available online and not in print editions. The second tab lists the information that is still missing. If anyone has any of that information please contact me, I would like to fill in all of the gaps.