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The Understanding America Study itself dates back to 2013, but the team behind the UAS has worked on similar projects for a long time. To learn more about a team member's expertise just click a person's name:


Arie Kapteyn is the director of the Understanding America Study, overseeing the entirety of the panel, from its organizational to its technical aspects. He also conducts his own surveys in the UAS.
Bas Weerman is responsible for the implementation and management of a variety of data collection projects as well as the development and maintenance of the overall panel infrastructure.
Jill Darling is survey director of the UAS, responsible for oversight of UAS survey operations, and providing expertise in survey design and methodology.
Swaroop Samek focuses on UAS projects involving supplementing survey data with information from other data sources.
Katherine Qinglin Zhong provides programming for the UAS' data cleaning processes (in particular the UAS HRS data).
Marco Angrisani manages the design and implementation of the UAS weighting procedures. He is also involved in the creation of custom survey sample selections.
Tania Gutsche is the study manager of the UAS,  coordinating all survey work for the UAS, handling contractual matters for UAS and hosting projects using Nubis, managing human subjects applications, new business, and supervising the helpdesk team.
Bart Orriens plays a key role in the development of the UAS' surveying software NubiS. He also steers the UAS overall data dissemination processes.
Erik Meijer assists with the development and implementation of the UAS recruitment process, e.g. in terms of the adopted sampling strategy.
Michael Moldoff provides programming for UAS surveys. He is also responsible for part of the UAS' data cleaning processes (e.g. the UAS HRS data).
Jillian Wallis develops survey documentation, e.g. codebooks, variable descriptions, and recruitment information.
Sara Burnett, Maribel Estrada, Yadira Garcia (fluent in Spanish and English) and Tina Vuon provide help desk support to study participants as well as assist with project mailings and payment processing. .