GRADUCon 2020 - Qualitative Research Careers



Are you curious about bringing your qualitative research skills to an industry position? This panel will introduce positions and industries that draw on qualitative research skills, such as audience and market research, behavioral and social science research and evaluation, and user experience. Panelists will discuss their roles and provide practical advice for graduate students interested in qualitative research careers.


Keshia Harris, Researcher, American Institutes for Research (PhD, Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago, 2018; EdM, MA, Mental Health Counseling, Columbia University, Teachers College, 2012)

Keshia L. Harris, PhD is a developmental psychologist who specializes in mixed methods research on colorism and cross-cultural education studies among adolescents in the U.S. and Latin America.  She is currently a researcher in the Youth Development and Supportive Learning practice area of the Research and Evaluation Division, at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Dr. Harris has published in leading scientific journals and books such as American Behavioral Scientist, the Handbook of the Cultural Foundations of Learning, and the Handbook of Culturally Responsive School Mental Health: Advancing Research, Training, Practice, and Policy. She has recently been selected to deliver the keynote address for the 6th annual California Counseling Association Cruise in Baja, Mexico in July 2020.  Dr. Harris holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago, is the recipient of the Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship, and has 10 plus years of experience teaching, counseling, and conducting research in public schools in the U.S., South Africa, and multiple Latin American countries. Prior to doctoral studies, she obtained a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College. 

Craig Kinnear, Research Manager, Trunk Club (PhD, History, University of Notre Dame, 2016; MA, History, University of Notre Dame, 2011)

Craig Kinnear is a Research Manager at Trunk Club where he oversees the company’s customer experience program. He received his PhD in History from Notre Dame in 2016, and has been working as a private-sector researcher and consultant since then.  

Pantelis Solomides, UX Specialist, Ipsos North America (MAPSS, Psychology, University of Chicago, 2019; Certification: Human-Computer Interaction for User Experience Design, HCI, MIT, 2018)

Pantelis has a degree in Psychology (Temple University), Masters in Social Sciences (University of Chicago) and a certificate in Human-Computer Interaction for User Experience Design from MIT. Pantelis is currently a Qualitative UX Specialist at Ipsos, working with major tech clients. He recently was a recipient of Ipsos’ 2019 MAPSS Micro-grant award for innovative research in the social sciences. He also has research experience with NASA and the California National Primate Research Center.

Tanya Treptow, Vice President & Co-Director of Research, Slover Linett Audience Research (PhD, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Chicago)



Micere Keels, Associate Professor, Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago (PhD, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2005)

Dr. Micere Keels is an Associate Professor in the department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on understanding how sociodemographic characteristics (race-ethnicity and poverty, in particular) structure the supports and challenges that individuals experience. She is particularly invested in developing systems-change interventions. She is currently leading three projects that work to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from historically marginalized communities. First, she is the founding director of the Trauma Responsive Educational Practices Project, which is a research-translation and research-practice-partnership that aims to connect the brain and behavior research on developmental trauma with the realities of school and classroom management. Second, she is working with a team of researchers from the University of Haifa to conduct a bi-national intervention study to improve the educational outcomes of youth who have been placed at-risk for dropout by growing up in developmentally challenging communities. Third, she has been tracking a cohort of Black and Latinx students who entered college in 2013 to advance our understanding of postsecondary persistence.


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