Valentina Petrova
Valentina Petrova

I hold two master’s degrees from the University of Washington, a Master in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs, and a Master of Arts in International Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies.

In graduate school, for more than two years, I was a consultant at the Center for Social Science Computation and Research (CSSCR). There I taught workshops and consulted one-on-one and with small teams on qualitative data analysis (QDA) using software programs such as ATLAS.ti, Dedoose.com, and TAMS Analyzer.

As a former journalist and public relations (PR) professional, I was drawn to qualitative research methods because of my background in interviewing and writing. I used ATLAS.ti for my own master’s research on international comparative education policy – conducting a semi-inductive content analysis of newspaper archives, expert interviews, evaluation reports, websites, and other artifacts on the origin of Teach For Australia.

While I am passionate about education, and enjoy working in health services research, I am interested in many different social science research topics and disciplines. I am always eager to learn more about clients’ research methods and subject-matters and I thrive on brainstorming creative ways to use the QDA software to get at the heart of fascinating research questions.

I have a basic understanding of quantitative methods as well (using SPSS and Excel), and am interested in mixed, comparative, and fuzzy set logic research approaches.

To see my resume, work samples, and recommendations throughout my professional and academic career, see my profile on LinkedIn.

To learn more about my qualitative data analysis consulting experience, you can read this interview published in the ATLAS.ti blog and newsletter.