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.
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.
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.
Bart Orriens plays a key role in the development of the UAS’ surveying software NubiS. He also steers the UAS overall data dissemination processes.
Jill Darling is the UAS Survey Director. She oversees the UAS sample recruitment process and steers the UAS Omnibus Surveys. Jill also interacts frequently with clients, external parties (such as media), and the USC Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Swaroop Samek focuses on UAS projects involving supplementing survey data with information from other data sources.
Erik Meijer provides invaluable assistance to the UAS with regard to UAS sample recruitment in relation to its representativeness of the overall United States population.
Michael Moldoff provides programming for UAS surveys. He is also responsible for the UAS HRS data cleaning processes and he oversees the release of the UAS Comprehensive File.
Andrew Becker assists with the programming of the UAS HRS surveys and the development of the UAS Comprehensive File.
Siah Lesher is the UAS Study Coordinator. She provides technical and logistical support to UAS respondents. She also aids with any panel management activities undertaken by the UAS (e.g. recruitment, mailings, and etceteras).