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The leading association
of public opinion and
survey research professionals
American Association for Public Opinion Research


January 25, 2020
SurveyFest is a one-day conference aimed at encouraging undergraduate and graduate students from diverse social and demographic characteristics (e.g., sex, gender identity, age, race, religion, ethnic background, nationality, or disability status) to consider graduate studies and careers in the fields of public opinion and survey research. The 2020 event was well-attended and included great insight from our panelists and thoughtful questions from the participants. Thank you to all who participated and we hope to see you at a future SurveyFest!

Where: Stanford University
              30 Alta Road, Room 100A
​              Stanford, CA 94305

2020 SurveyFest Program

12:00 to 1:00      Arrival and Sign-In         
1:00 to 1:30        Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Jon Krosnick, Stanford University
  • Elizabeth Allen, NORC at the University of Chicago

1:30 to 3:00        Careers in Survey and Public Opinion Research 
This session will be focused on careers in the survey, social media, and public opinion field. This will include panelists from different sectors of industry, such as private industry, nonprofit and not-for-profit companies, as well as representation from government agencies. 

3:00 to 3:15         Break
3:15 to 5:00         Training for a Career in Survey and Public Opinion Research 
This session will be focused on education and training to prepare for a career in survey, social media, and public opinion research. This will include panelists from universities and organizations that offer internships. Topics to include graduate programs and internship opportunities focused on public opinion research and survey methodology.

5:00 to 5:15         Closing Remarks

  • Elizabeth Allen, NORC at the University of Chicago

5:15 to 8:00         Happy Hour and Networking Opportunity

2020 SurveyFest Main Contacts
Elizabeth Allen

NORC at the University of Chicago

Supporting Sponsors:

Panelists - Careers in Survey and Public Opinion Research

Michelle Amsbary is an Associate Director within Westat’s Large Surveys Practice with over 20 years of experience in conducting all phases of survey research, including survey operations management, methodology, and design. In addition to serving as project director for several large studies, she is a career manager for staff and contributes to numerous corporate efforts related to improving the proposal process, disseminating information about IT innovations and technology to a survey operations audience, and facilitating interactions with field staff. She holds an M.S. in Survey Methodology from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Virginia.

Liz Hamel is Vice President and Director of Public Opinion and Survey Research at the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she directs KFF’s polling work including the monthly Health Tracking Poll and ongoing survey partnerships with news media organizations such as The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and CNN. Her public opinion research experience spans a wide range of health-related topics, including people’s experiences in the health care system; views of the ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance; attitudes and experiences related to prescription drugs; and the role of health care in elections. Hamel is an active member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and its Pacific chapter (PAPOR), and has served on the Executive Council of both organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University.

Dr. Kronauge is the Health Data Specialist at Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment in Greeley, Colorado. She has over two decades experience in public health directing population health assessments including probability surveys and guiding strategic planning and evaluation activities. Her experience also includes non-profit administration, analytic consulting, and teaching.

Laura Lazarus-Gardner leads the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's Justice and Opportunity Research Team, which executes quantitative and qualitative research supporting CZI's criminal justice reform, immigration reform, and housing affordability programs.  Prior to joining CZI, Laura led large-scale quantitative research projects at Facebook  - including the company's largest sentiment tracking study - as a member of their Demography and Survey Science Team, and worked as a pollster for Benenson Strategy Group, where she managed polling for political campaigns and issue advocacy groups, including the AARP.  Laura earned her PhD in political science from Duke University, and also holds a Certificate in Survey Methodology from the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tom Wells is a Senior UX Quantitative Researcher. He was most recently at Uber, where he conducted surveys with drivers to collect direct feedback and to improve the driving experience. Prior to joining Uber, Tom was a Senior Research Scientist at Nielsen, where he conducted and published mobile survey research. Earlier in his career, he conducted demographic research and taught courses on statistics and survey research methods at Brown University. Tom received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Panelists - Training for a Career in Survey and Public Opinion Research

Jon is the Chief Research Officer and Senior Vice President at Survey Monkey. Jon joined SurveyMonkey in January 2014. He brings years of research and data expertise to the company’s portfolio of products and solutions, as well as strategic direction for future innovations. Previously, he was Vice President of Research at the Pew Research Center. As Director of Polling and Polling Editor, he also led The Washington Post’s polling operation through two presidential campaigns and four congressional cycles, as well as numerous gubernatorial and mayoral elections. Prior to the Post, he was a polling expert at ABC News and the Public Policy Institute of California. He is an active member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and previously served on AAPOR’s Executive Council, as well as the president of its Pacific Chapter, PAPOR. Jon earned an MA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in History from Johns Hopkins University.

Daniel is a statistician with particular expertise in survey statistics. He has over 14 years of experience. Early on his career, Daniel worked as a quantitative analyst and advisor to governmental and non-governmental agencies in Colombia and Guatemala about how to analyze human rights violations. Between 2012 and 2019, Daniel worked as a statistician for the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. Daniel is currently a Senior Survey Sampling Statistician at Westat. He received his M.Sc. in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan and his B.S. in Statistics at the National University of Colombia, in Bogotá, Colombia.

Jon Alexander Krosnick is a professor of Political Science, Communication, and Psychology, and director of the Political Psychology Research Group at Stanford University. Additionally, he is the Frederic O. Glover Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences and an affiliate of the Woods Institute for the Environment. Krosnick has served as a consultant for government agencies, universities, and businesses, has testified as an expert in court proceedings, and has been an on-air television commentator on election night.

Mingnan Liu, PhD, is a Quantitative Researcher at Facebook. His focus is primarily around understanding the economic opportunities of small businesses, their needs and challenges, and look for technological solutions to solve their challenges. As a researcher, he is interested in survey measurement error and cross-cultural survey research.

Felicitas Mittereder has a PhD from the University of Michigan Program in Survey Methodology (MPSM). She also holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from the University in Munich, Germany. She now works as a Research Scientist at Facebook.

John Rogers supervises the Management Information and Survey Research Section of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Research and Data Analysis Division. His team conducts surveys about client satisfaction, employee engagement and a wide variety of program needs, on behalf of three state agencies. He was formerly Associate Director at the University of Vermont’s James M. Jeffords Center for Policy Research, and San Francisco State University’s Public Research Institute.