Hailing from Roanoke, Virginia, Kara Fitzgibbon is the Senior Project Coordinator at the Center for Survey Research. Beyond survey and social research methodology, her areas of specialty are race, ethnicity, immigration, and religion.
Kara received her BA in Sociology and Religious Studies from Washington and Lee University. She later received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Virginia.
She began working at CSR in 2013 as a part-time Graduate Research Analyst. During her first five years in her Ph.D. program, she also served as a TA in the UVA Department of Sociology. In 2017, She taught a semester as a visiting instructor at Washington and Lee University as well.
At CSR Kara greatly enjoys getting to work with clients from a variety of backgrounds and specialties, enabling her to consistently learn about new topics and areas of study (e.g., food insecurity, public health, cancer pain management, palliative care, food insecurity, child care needs). She also loves working on projects rooted in community engagement and impact, such as BeHeardCVA.
Outside of work, Kara enjoys cooking and baking.
What does public service mean to you?
Public service is using one’s skills and resources to support and improve a larger community. In order to serve a community, you must first understand the needs and priorities of that community. At CSR, we’re able to use our training and expertise to gather scientifically valid data, which can then be used to shape programs and policies.