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