Past & Present Research Affiliates

The Northwest Social Research Group's past and present research affiliates have provided invaluable assistance several of our projects over the years. These affliates enable NSRG to expand our scholarly breadth as projects require. 

 


 

Project Staff


Michelle Maroto, Ph.D.

Dr. Maroto received her Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology at the University of Washington. She was a part of the research efforts surrounding our work with Washington State Budget & Policy Center and Children's Alliance on the Reducing Child Poverty in Washington State Policy Assessment project. Dr. Maroto is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta.

Nikolas Pharris-Ciurej, Ph.D.

Dr. Pharris-Ciurej received his Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of Washington. Nick assisted NSRG on the Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District internal assessment design and analysis. Dr. Pharris-Ciurej is currently employed with the Food and Drug Administration in the greater Washinton D.C. area.

Lori Pfingst, Ph.D.

Dr. Pfingst also received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of Washington. Lori assisted NSRG with the Women's Funding Alliance project and the Washington State Arts Commission work. Dr. Pfingst is at present working as a Senior Policy Analyst with Washington State Budget & Policy Center.

Emily Knaphus, M.A.

Emily Knaphus is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at the University of Washington. She assisted NSRG with Entry-Level Job Requirements: An Assessment of Seattle-Area Employers, a follow-up to the Entry-Level Jobs Report written for the Seattle Jobs Initiative. She is also conducting research for her Ph.D. dissertation, which examines the impacts of parental incarceration on children's education.

Jorge Martinez, M.A.

Jorge Martinez is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at the University of Washington.  He provided research assistance to NSRG with Entry-Level Job Requirements: An Assessment of Seattle-Area Employers, a follow-up to the Entry-Level Jobs Report written for the Seattle Jobs Initiative. His research interests include poverty, inequality, and criminology.  His dissertation work examines state policy diffusion and adoption of felony welfare exclusions at the national level.

Interns


Lindsay Jilk

Lindsay assisted NSRG with the data collection, cleaning and analysis of non-profits in Washington for use in our marketing efforts. She provided a descriptive data assessment along with a geo-spatial breakdown, both via Tableau. Lindsay interned with us before finishing her senior year at New College of Florida--the Honors College of the State University System--where she is studying quantitative sociology.

Andrew Taylor

Andrew interned with us prior to returning to school at the University of Washington's Evan's School of Public Affairs. He began the work on the non-profits database and analysis that Lindsay finalized.

Brandon Thomas, Boren Fellow

Mr. Thomas worked as an intern with the Northwest Social Research Group in 2011-2012.  He currently conducts research in Istanbul, Turkey in coordination with San Francisco State University and Istanbul University, analyzing how the Turkish media landscape uses collective identity and rhetoric to frame discourse on foreign policy and influence public opinion. For more information on the Boren Fellowship: http://www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship/current_fellows.html

 

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