Alian Kasabian of MERC presents at AAPOR

Alian Kasabian of MERC presents at AAPOR

Alian Kasabian presented research at the 72nd Annual Conference for the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) in New Orleans, LA in May. This year’s theme was “Embracing Change and Diversity in Public Opinion and Social Research.” AAPOR is a professional organization made up of academic, governmental, and private sector business members who are interested in public opinions and survey research.

Kasabian was coauthor on two presentations: a poster with Patrick Habecker (from the REACH Lab) on “Predicting Postmaster Returns in Nebraska,” and a paper with Jenn Rutt (of SBSRC) on “Leaving Room for Gender Diversity: Practical Lessons from a Blank Line in a Conservative State.” The poster used data from three years of the Nebraska Annual Social Indicator Survey (conducted by the Bureau of Sociological Research) to examine whether characteristics of an address or postal carrier route predict returned surveys. The paper used data from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, as well as data collected by Patrick Habecker and Alian Kasabian to describe what happens when a blank line is added to the question “Are you: Male/Female.”

The conference included several short courses, three poster sessions, and eleven concurrent sessions of ten papers each, plus many opportunities to talk and network with others in the field. Kasabian noted, “It is tough when such a great conference is in really interesting locations. I would have loved to see more of the city, but even choosing between different sessions was really difficult this year. I was excited that most of my commitments were in the morning so I could explore later in the day, but couldn’t drag myself away from the sessions.”

Kasabian also serves the AAPOR membership on the Transparency Initiative Committee, and the Diversity Subcommittee of the Membership and Chapter Relations Committee, and volunteered as a moderator and docent at this year’s meeting. For more information about AAPOR, please visit the website: https://www.aapor.org/