Shayne Zaslow

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Research Analyst
sz3zs@virginia.edu

Shayne Zaslow is a Research Analyst at the Center for Survey Research. 

Where are you from?

I am originally from West Hartford, Connecticut, but I have also lived in New York City and in Boston.

What brought you to the Cooper Center? 

I am a grad student at U.Va. working towards my Ph.D. in sociology. During one of my classes, I heard Tom Guterbock, Director of the Center for Survey Research, speak. He said that CSR needed research analysts with mapping skills. With my background and experience in data management and public health, I thought that the position would be a perfect fit for me. I applied, and now I’ve been here for about two and a half years!

What is something you are passionate about?

I am currently conducting research on drag. I also love knitting.

Where is the next place you would like to travel?

This summer I will be going on a cruise to Key West, Havana, and Cozumel.

What is your most unusual talent?

I know how to spin my own yarn from a pile of fiber.

Who is your hero or inspiration?

My friend Brooke. She is the first -- and only -- transgender firefighter in the NYC Fire Department.

What is one food you could eat for the rest of your life?

Anything with carbs. 

What is something people would never guess about you?

I was a cheerleader in high school. I also saw Lady Gaga perform in NYC in 2006 before she was famous! 

What is your favorite memory at the Cooper Center?

When I was hired, my first assignment was the Louisa Food Insecurity Project. It was an enriching experience for me to see the project from start to finish, as well as its complexities and impact on the Louisa community. It was a great introduction to CSR and the Cooper Center, giving me greater context on the type of work I would be doing.

What does public service mean to you?

It goes hand and hand with social justice. Public service must not only try to better the world around us but also interrogate inequality and aim to dismantle it.