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Work Experience





The Ohio State University | PhD | Sociology
Deans Distinguished University Fellow

The Ohio State University | MA | Sociology
Most Outstanding Pre-Candidacy Student

Bucknell University | BA | Sociology and Education
Honors, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

January 2020 -


Research Manager

Nonprofit Organization (Confidential)

Confidential project that provides internal research to help inform the foundation’s decision-making in community partnerships, investments, and advocacy for stronger public schools.

  • Design and execute end-to-end qualitative research: 1:1 interviews and moderate focus groups with students, parents, and educators to uncover day-to-day pain points in public school experiences

  • Translate research findings into strategic narratives and digestible reports to share insights with various stakeholders

  • Formalized research process to improve communication with cross-functional teams and stakeholders

  • Manage a team of up to 10 researchers at a time: onboarding, training, and delegating/overseeing all research work

August 2019-

December 2020

Lead Researcher and Project Manager

Dr. Hollie Nyseth (Brehm) Nzitatira

Managed the project “Genocide and its Aftermath: Rwanda” as data collection continued and analysis began.

  • Trained 11 undergraduates from diverse educational backgrounds in coding qualitative data; managed up to 15 at a time

  • Created and revised codebooks for multiple waves of qualitative interview data; managed Qualtrics survey

  • Prepared to co-teach a study abroad course for Ohio State students in Rwanda (pivoted to online due to Covid)

  • Coded and oversaw the coding of 300+ qualitative interviews in NVivo; measured agreement between coders

  • Co-writing policy brief with actionable insights for Rwanda Correctional Services; 2 journal manuscripts in progress

August 2017-December 2021

Doctoral Researcher

The Ohio State University

Engaged in original, independent qualitative research spanning topics of family, trauma, gender, sexuality, and education.

  • Published in the top academic journal in chosen subfield; presented research at 3 academic conferences

  • Clarified abstract concepts to 175+ students through storytelling and measured learning outcomes as a TA for 3 courses

  • Facilitated 3 workshops for 20+ graduate students on conducting in-depth interviews on traumatic topics

  • Trained 20+ faculty and students across 3 disciplines in using qualitative analysis software NVivo


Completed a dissertation: First Gen Families: How First-Generation College Students Experience Family Relationships.

  • Collaborated on research design: survey creation, participant recruitment, 1:1 interviews with ~80 participants

  • Independently conducted 40+ interviews in person and remotely; coded 150+ qualitative interviews in NVivo

  • Mentored and trained 3 undergraduates in literature compilation, interviewing, and coding qualitative interviews

  • Provided actionable insights to the Office of Student Life; 2 journal manuscripts in progress

August 2015-

May 2018

Researcher and Project Manager

Dr. Jennifer Silva

Helped bring Dr. Silva's book, We're Still Here: Pain and Politics in the Heart of America, to completion.

  • Assisted in data collection; assured deadlines were met for publishers and assisted in copy editing

  • Independently coded 100+ qualitative in-depth interviews (1:1, dyads, triads)

  • Collaborated on academic publications aimed at understanding how people make political decisions

  • Book now assigned in undergraduate courses in universities across the US, reaching hundreds of students


UX Foundation Research

UX Research Methods:

     Card Sorting


     Usability Testing

     Creating Personas

     Mobile Diary Studies

     Guerrilla Tactics

     Journey Mapping

     Empathy Mapping

     Experience Mapping


UX Remote Research


Research Design

Project Management


Focus Groups



Content Analysis

Archival Research

Biographical Research



Public Speaking

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