Ashley Koning is the Interim Director of The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. She is also currently a PhD candidate in the political science department at Rutgers, with concentrations in American politics, women and politics, and methodology. Her research interests are in American public opinion and mass behavior with a focus on framing. Additionally, she is a lecturer for the political science department at Rutgers. Ashley has co-authored book chapters on public opinion during and after Superstorm Sandy and its implications for NJ Gov. Chris Christie in a new Rutgers University Press book, "Taking Chances: The Coast after Hurricane Sandy," edited by Karen M. O’Neill and Daniel J. Van Abs, as well as co-authored a chapter analyzing Governor Christie’s leadership and legacy in “The American Governor: Power, Constraint, and Leadership in The States,” edited by David P. Redlawsk. Ashley was awarded the 2015 John Tarnai Memorial Scholarship by the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO) and has been the recipient of the AAPOR Student Travel Award and first ever AAPOR Student Poster Award. Prior to Rutgers, Ashley obtained a Masters in political science from Columbia University and a BA in government and music from Franklin & Marshall College.
Dr. Debra Borie-Holtz is the Special Projects Manager for The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. Debbie is responsible for coordinating survey research projects for ECPIP’s outside clients including non-profits, government and academic organizations. Dr. Borie-Holtz manages the project including assessing client needs, establishing a sampling plan, developing the survey instrument, ensuring quality control of data collection operations, directing the data analysis and preparing the client deliverables. She is also on the faculty at the Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. Dr. Borie-Holtz received her master’s degree in Public Affairs and Politics and her doctorate in Planning and Public Policy from the Bloustein School. She has been an instructor at Rutgers teaching writing, public policy, and method courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level since 2006.
Flavio Hickel Jr. is a Graduate Student (ABD) specializing in American Politics in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University. He earned his M.A. in Public Policy and International Affairs in 2009 from William Paterson University and his B.A. in Sociology from Kean University in 2006. In the last several years he has taught over a dozen undergraduate courses in American Government, American Party Politics, Congressional Politics, and the American Presidency.
His research interests include American Political Culture/Ideology, Political Psychology, and American Political Development. His dissertation concerns the historical usage and continued utility of Civil Religious language in Presidential Rhetoric. He has published and presented research on the Tea Party Movement and Civil Religious Framing Effects.
Kimberly is the Website Designer for ECPIP. She is a recent graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology and Informatics. She is also currently interning at Sivantos Group in the Business Development Department. She plans to enter the work force and find a job in the web design and development field.
Sonni Waknin is a data archivist and research associate for the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. She is in her third year at Rutgers University and is pursuing a double major in Political Science and History. She is also planning to minor in Women and Gender Studies. She is also an outreach intern for the Monmouth County Democrats. She hopes to go to law school in the future and practice Constitutional Law.
Carly Frank is a junior at Rutgers University in the School of Arts and Sciences. She is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Organizational Leadership and Labor Studies. She is a sister of Sigma Kappa and she can’t wait to get involved at the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. After graduation, she hopes to have a career in politics.
Robert Norman Cartmell is a data visualization and graphic representation intern at the Rutgers Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. He is junior at Rutgers University in the school of Arts and Sciences and plans to graduate in June of 2016. Robert is a statistics/mathematics major who is also taking a concentration of economics courses to pursue a career as an actuary. After graduation Robert plans on either attending graduate school or attaining a position in the field of actuarial science.
Natalie is a senior in the School of Arts and Sciences majoring in Political Science with a double minor in History and Digital Communications. After completing her Bachelor's degree at Rutgers, she hopes to continue her studies in politics in the hopes to obtain a Master's degree or PhD. In addition to being a part of organizations at Rutgers, she has also interned for New Jersey State Legislators and loves visiting the State House in Trenton. She is very excited to be a part of ECPIP and gain first hand experience with the organization.
GraceAnn McMillan is a general research intern with ECPIP. As a second year student in Rutgers’ School of Arts and Sciences, she is on track to finish her undergraduate education in three years. GraceAnn plans to graduate with a major in both Political Science and Economics. Her past work includes interning in the office of a United States Congressman. She is excited to work alongside and learn from the Eagleton team as she pursues a career in survey research.
Abigail Orr is a Junior at Rutgers University, College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Political Science, with a minor in Geography. She spent last summer interning for a NJ Assemblyman where she researched a bill to be presented to the NJ legislature. Abby's passion is campaigning and the whole process of going from being a candidate to being in office. Outside of academics, Abby's interests include all forms of dance but primarily ballet and tap. Even if she's sitting down, it's not uncommon to find her feet moving, especially if the music is something she's danced to in the past.
Christian Alvarez is a Master student at Rutgers University. He is pursuing his degree in Political Science. Chris has a passion for research, specifically in the field of International Relations and American Foreign Policy. He spent last summer in Oman studying Arabic. He plans to pursue a career with the US government after he graduates. During his time off he enjoys traveling and reading.
Interim Director, The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling
Special Projects Manager
Call Center Manager
Data Archivist, Research Associate
Social Media and Public Relations
Data Visualization & Graphic Representation