Our Team

David P. Redlawsk
David P. Redlawsk Director, Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling

David P. Redlawsk

Director, Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling
http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~redlawsk

Dr. David Redlawsk is the Director of The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling and a Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Professor Redlawsk received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Rutgers University. He also holds an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from Duke University. His research focuses on campaigns, elections, the role of information in voter decision making and on emotional responses to campaign information. He has received several grants to support his research from the National Science Foundation, and he currently serves on the Board of the American National Election Studies.
Ashley Koning
Ashley Koning Manager, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

Ashley Koning

Manager, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

Ashley Koning is currently a PhD candidate in the political science department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with concentrations in American politics, women and politics, and methodology. She is also the head graduate assistant to the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling and Manager of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Her research interests are in American public opinion and mass behavior with a special focus on framing and gender. She currently holds positions on both the boards of the New York and Pennsylvania/New Jersey chapters of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Additionally, she has been a lecturer for Douglass Residential College and the political science department at Rutgers. She has also served as an action project advisor for the Center for American Women and Politics’ New Leadership New Jersey Program in the past. Prior to Rutgers, Ashley obtained a Masters in political science from Columbia University and a BA in government and music from Franklin & Marshall College. She also worked on campaigns in both New York and New Jersey, as well as directed Franklin & Marshall’s segment of the international V-Day movement against violence toward women and girls for multiple years.
Debra Borie-Holtz
Debra Borie-Holtz Special Projects Manager

Debra Borie-Holtz

Special Projects Manager

Dr. Debra Borie-Holtz is the Special Projects Manager for the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. 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.
Bill Valocchi
Bill Valocchi Field Manager

Bill Valocchi

Field Manager

Bill Valocchi is the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll’s Field Manager. Bill has over twenty years of experience as a senior project manager and supervisor. He has designed surveys for both public and private clients and has analyzed large data sets. Bill has also managed and supervised a research center call center. He is a licensed planner in the State of New Jersey and is certified as a planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Master Degree in Urban Studies.
Virginia Tangel
Virginia Tangel Methodologist

Virginia Tangel

Methodologist

Virginia Tangel is the methodologist at the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, where she deals with study design, sample design, and the creation of weights. She is a doctoral student studying the social sciences. Virginia’s main academic interests lie in epidemiology, labor markets, econometrics, and methodology. She holds a Graduate Fellowship at the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research.
Liz Kantor
Liz Kantor Senior Data Archivist

Liz Kantor

Senior Data Archivist

Liz Kantor is the Senior Data Archivist for ECPIP. Previously, she worked with ECPIP as an Aresty Undergraduate Research Assistant studying survey weighting, and as a General Research Intern. She is a double major in Political Science and Statistics in the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program in the class of 2016. In addition to her work at ECPIP, she was a Joint Program in Survey Methodology Junior Fellow with the U.S. Census Bureau in the summer of 2014. She hopes to pursue a graduate degree in survey methodology after graduation.
Laura Friedman
Laura Friedman Aresty Research Assistant

Laura Friedman

Aresty Research Assistant

Laura Friedman is a Sophomore in the SAS Honors Program studying Political Science and Art History. She is very excited to be working as an Aresty Research Assistant at the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling this year. Laura will be doing research with Dr. Redlawsk and will be studying the interactions between interviewers and respondents at ECPIP and at other poll centers. She is very interested in the complicated relationship between survey research and psychology and is hoping that her research will result in practical solutions that can be applied at ECPIP to control for difficulties created by this relationship. Laura's other interests include traveling, spending time with family and friends, going to museums and spending time in nature. She plans on pursuing a law degree after graduating from Rutgers.
Ian McGeown
Ian McGeown Aresty Research Intern

Ian McGeown

Aresty Research Intern

Ian McGeown is a junior undergraduate student from Bridgewater, New Jersey whose interest in political science drove him to become an Aresty Research Assistant at the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. He is studying History and Political Science at Rutgers University and plans to attend law school one day. Ian’s interests include baseball, traveling, politics and history. He is also involved with Citizenship Rutgers at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.
Kimberly Murphy
Kimberly Murphy Website Design and Maintenance Intern

Kimberly Murphy

Website Design and Maintenance Intern

Kimberly is the current Website Design and Maintenance intern. She is a senior, majoring in Information Technology and Informatics and minoring in Sociology and Digital Communication, Information and Media. She is also currently interning as the Customer Care Operations Intern at Siemens Hearing Instruments and has been doing so since the summer. Along with this she is currently Membership Coordinator for Mu Beta Psi, the national honorary musical fraternity at Rutgers University; prior to this she was Webmaster for two years. She held the Webmaster position for the Mark Conference during the spring of 2014. After graduation this spring she plans to enter the work force and find a job in the graphic design and web development field.
Robert Cartmell
Robert Cartmell Data Visualization & Graphic Representation Intern

Robert Cartmell

Data Visualization & Graphic Representation Intern

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.
Brandon Diaz-Abreu
Brandon Diaz-Abreu Data Visualization & Graphic Representation Intern

Brandon Diaz-Abreu

Data Visualization & Graphic Representation Intern

Brandon Diaz-Abreu is a motivated sophomore pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Computer Science. He is a Data Visualization and Graphic Representation intern for the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. He pushes his creativity and technical knowledge at every opportunity he gets and enjoys spending his down time riffing on the piano. He looks forward to doing meaningful work using technology to bring joy to people's lives designing and innovating tomorrow's hit videogames. He is also the Technology Manager for the student organization the Rutgers Future Scholars Dream Team.
Kunting Li
Kunting Li Data Visualization & Graphic Representation Intern

Kunting Li

Data Visualization & Graphic Representation Intern

Kunting Li is a Data Visualization and Graphic Representation Intern for the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. She is a junior who is double majoring in mathematics and statistics and minor in economics. After graduation, she plans on going to graduate school relates to Qualitative Finance. She hopes that through the intern with the ECPIP will helps others to have a more direct and fun view about public polls, and also let her know more about analysis survey data and interpreting graphs by actually making them.
Chisa Egbelu
Chisa Egbelu Social Media and Public Relations Intern

Chisa Egbelu

Social Media and Public Relations Intern

Chisa Egbelu is a Public Relations and Social Media intern for the Rutgers-Eagleton Institute of Politics. He is a junior at Rutgers University majoring in Journalism & Media Studies and minoring in Digital Communication, Information, and Media. He is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and before attending Rutgers, served as an advisor to Mayor Kip Holden on the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council for the city of Baton Rouge. Egbelu is currently the executive producer of WRSU Rutgers Radio’s leading show, Rutgers Recess, the president and captain of the Rutgers University Quidditch team and a runner for ESPN. Egbelu’s aspirations include working in television/radio and media production as well as becoming a host for a nationally syndicated program. Within his lifetime Egbelu also has plans of becoming a public servant and entering politics.
Cecilia Schiavo
Cecilia Schiavo Social Media and Public Relations Intern

Cecilia Schiavo

Social Media and Public Relations Intern

Cecilia Schiavo is a junior at Rutgers University in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Communication & Information. She is double majoring in Journalism & Media Studies and Political Science with a minor in Italian. She is a part of many clubs on campus and at the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, she works as a social media/PR intern. She hopes to become a writer for a news station one day if her dream of gaining the Presidential Office does not work out.
Fahad Akhtar
Fahad Akhtar General Research Intern

Fahad Akhtar

General Research Intern

Fahad is a General Research Intern for the Center for Public Interest Polling working primarily with the Archiving Team. He is set to graduate in 2016 with a degree from the School of Arts & Sciences in Economics and Political Science with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. Apart from his work at Eagleton Fahad is also an Aresty Research Assistant at the National Institute for Early Education Research where he is assisting on a project on early education in Latin America. Along with the research, he works as an Economics Tutor at the Kreeger Learning Center and a New Student Orientation Leader. He also serves on the Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee of the University Senate and the Athletic Affairs committee of the Student Assembly, as Vice-President of the Association of International Relations, Recruitment Co-Chair of the Student Alumni Organization, and Treasurer of Rutgers Peacemakers. As for his postgraduate plans, Fahad once told his grandmother that when he grew up he would be a Doctor-Lawyer-Businessman, though at the time it seemed exciting, he now thinks a better course of action may be to, instead, aim to become a teacher in his hometown of North Brunswick.
Mihir Dixit
Mihir Dixit General Research Intern

Mihir Dixit

Data Visualization & Graphics Representation Intern

Mihir Dixit is a data visualization intern for the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. He is a second-year undergraduate student in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers looking to earn a dual degree in computer science and statistics with a minor in South Asian literature and language. After graduation, he plans to further his education in statistics related field.
Victor Gatica
Victor Gatica General Research Intern

Victor Gatica

General Research Intern

Victor Gatica is both a general research assistant and a caller for the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. Besides this, Victor is a junior currently double majoring in Political Science and Economics with a double minor in Psychology and Philosophy. He is also currently a Resident Assistant where he dedicates much of his time to his residents, but he has been previously active in numerous political campaigns and political organizations. His dream is to be a professor in political science, political economics, political psychology, or any other variation of politics. His short-term goal is to attend graduate school and receive his Ph.D, though he is still unsure in exactly what.
Sonia Lee
Sonia Lee General Research Intern

Sonia Lee

General Research Intern

Sonia Lee is a senior majoring in public health at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and minoring in Biological Sciences. Although most of her education was in the life sciences, she became interested in learning more about social science research after taking Research Methods. She hopes to eventually earn a Master's degree in either epidemiology or health policy and is excited to gain hands-on experience in research methodology at ECPIP!

Sonia's other activities this year include serving on the executive board for the NJ Public Health Association, working as an Aresty research assistant at CSCBRE (part of the RU School of Public Health), and writing on behalf of a public health-themed newsletter.
Adam Rosario
Adam Rosario General Research Intern

Adam Rosario

General Research Intern

Adam is a senior in the School of Arts and Sciences double-majoring in History and Political Science. Before joining ECPIP, Adam served as an Aresty Research Assistant for Professor Taja-Nia Henderson at the Rutgers School of Law in Newark, and an intern for the New Jersey Public Defenders Office. He is currently a Customer Support Technician at the Office of Instructional and Research Technology at Rutgers University. His research interests include history, politics, law, and the courts. Adam hopes to attend law school and one day work as a public interest lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Gopal Velagala
Gopal Velagala General Research Intern

Gopal Velagala

General Research Intern

Gopal Velagala is a a general research intern for ECPIP. He is currently a sophomore in the school or arts and sciences majoring in Economics and Political Science, and is minoring in Statistics and Public Health. He hopes to one day become a political consultant and be a part of policy making and elections in this country. He is also a part of the Institute of Domestic and International Affairs and is also a tutor at Rutgers.
Sonni Waknin
Sonni Waknin General Research Intern

Sonni Waknin

General Research Intern

Sonni Waknin is a general research intern for the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. She is in her second 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.