|Michael Climek joined the PPRL after working as a project manager in the research department at Ketchum, a New York-based leading global public relations firm. He has more than six years of experience in the market research industry and has worked for clients in a variety of fields, like Adecco, Kodak, Playstation and Wendy’s. Climek also specializes in social media conversation analysis and online surveying. Climek recently completed his MBA at Baruch College in New York with a dual major in marketing and international business.
|Michael Henderson, Ph.D.
|Mike brings extensive experience in high quality survey design, analysis, and interpretation to the PPRL. His record includes projects with the Associated Press, Duke University’s Initiative on Survey Methodology, and Harvard University’s Program on Survey Research. The Brookings Institution Press, Public Opinion Quarterly, and several other top academic journals have published his research. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic. He specializes in public opinion, campaigns and elections, and southern politics. He earned his Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy from Harvard University. He grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from LSU.
|Thouta manages systems and technology, including applications development, operations and network infrastructure. He directs the design and development of programs and survey software to ensure the efficient operation of internal systems. Thouta has a Master’s in Computer Science and Master’s in Engineering Management from LSU. He is also a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) and Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute.
|Belinda C. Davis, Assoc.Professor
|Davis serves as deputy director of the Public Policy Research Lab and is involved in all aspects of the Lab’s operation including instrument design, data analysis and report writing. As liaison to the university community and other academic and professional institutions, Davis plays a leadership role in promoting the lab as a multidisciplinary asset to advance a rigorous research agenda. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Florida State University in 2001. Davis is an associate professor in the department of political science specializing in public policy and state politics and has conducted program evaluations for state governments and nonprofits.|
|Meghan Sanders, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Media Effects Lab
|Meghan S. Sanders has over 9 years of experience in conducting experimental studies. As deputy director of the Media Effects Lab, she is responsible for assisting faculty, students and professional institutions in conducting projects designed to test audience responses to various media formats and content, using various technologies (i.e. physiological recordings, eye tracking, web tracking, reaction time, etc.). She received her Ph.D. and Master of Arts in Mass Communication degree from Penn State University, and her Bachelors of Arts degree from Dillard University. She is an assistant professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication where she teaches research methods and statistical analysis, public relations and mass communication theory courses.
|Technical Support Team
Internal Advisory Committee
Evan Berman, Professor, Public Administration Institute, E.J. Ourso College of Business
Arjen Boin, Associate Professor, Public Administration Institute and Director, Stephenson Disaster Management Institute
Katie E. Cherry, Director, LSU Life Course and Aging Center, Department of Psychology
Warren Eller, Associate Director, Stephenson Disaster Management Institute
James Garand, Emogene Pliner Distinguished Professor and Director, Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science
Kirby Goidel, Professor, Manship School and Dept. of Political Science, Director, Manship School Research Facility
Cecile Guin, Director, Office of Social Service Research and Development, School of Social Work
Stacia Haynie, Vice Provost, Academic Affairs
Russell K. Jabour, Vice Chancellor, Communications & University Relations
Cheney C. Joseph, Jr., Vice Chancellor, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Christopher Kenny, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Deputy Director, Public Policy Research Lab
Sean Lane, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Pam Monroe, Professor, School of Social Work
Lance Porter, Assistant Professor, Manship School of Mass Communication
Joachim Singlemann, Professor, Department of Sociology
Dek Terrell, Professor, Department of Economics and Director, Division of Economic Development
Frederick Weil, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Hector Zapata, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness
Charles F. Zewe, Vice President, LSU System