About Me

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Welcome! I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Stanford University Department of Communication . Prior to arriving at Stanford I completed a Master’s of Science in Survey Methodology at the University of Michigan and a liberal arts Bachelor’s of Science at Calvin College. My general research interests are in the areas of public opinion, political communication, political psychology, and survey methodology. A key question that I examine in my research is how people interpret and use data about public opinion, presented by the news media, to inform their own attitudes and behaviors.

My current research projects include:

  • The ways public opinion information in the news media shapes attitudes and behaviors
  • Sources of accuracy and error when identifying likely voters in pre-election polls
  • News media framing of public opinion data
  • Integrating the psychological constructs of mindfulness and mindlessness into survey research
  • Methods for improving survey response rates and data quality
  • Interviewer behavior and survey participation

I also have extensive experience in industry and government. Since 2015 I have been Principal Research Scientist at Qualtrics, a global leader in web survey software.  In 2010, during the decennial census, I was employed as a Research Social Science Analyst at the U.S. Census Bureau in the Statistical Research Division. From 2007-2009, I worked as a Research Associate at The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan where I assisted with creating and branding an academic publishing operation (GlobaLens) where I also wrote and published business case studies. More recently, I have presented research design recommendations and insights for non-profit organizations, academic institutions, agencies of the U.S. Government, private consulting firms, and federal government contractors.

My work has appeared in three book chapters, publications such as the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, the Joint Statistical Meetings Proceedings, and four published business case-studies. See my curriculum vitae page for a comprehensive summary of my work.

Portfolio to Professoriate

Thanks to Wende Garrison, Helen Chen, and the Stanford Registrar’s office for providing the framework and impetus to get me creating this website! I’m happy to be participating in the pilot program for this new and exciting opportunity that Stanford is creating for PhD students that are targeting an academic career path. I’d love to … Continue reading