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Candace Turitto, Ph.D.

Program Director

Email: turitto [at] umd.edu

In her time in the political field, Candace managed dozens of legislative races in several states and served on staff for a presidential campaign in Iowa. She has also held a number of consulting positions, advising hundreds of political clients in their commission of polling and production of television/radio advertising, and was the lead data scientist at a startup political data and modeling firm in the DC area.

Candace came to academia to better understand and remedy what separates political science research from application in actual political operations in the United States. In 2018, Candace received her MA and Ph.D. in American Politics and Political Methodology from the University of Maryland, College Park. In her dissertation research, she studied the political consequences of high volumes of political information on persuasion, finding that areas more saturated with political advertisements significantly limit the ability for down-ballot candidates to persuade voters at all. Recently, she has also been studying the fallout of flip-flopping on political issues, and the nature of outcomes for elected officials who publicly lie. Candace has articles published in Electoral Studies and the Journal of Politics.

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Other than political data and spreadsheets, what’s something (activity/hobby/etc) that makes you really happy? 

TAP DANCE!!! Been at it since I was 4, and these days I teach, choreograph, judge dance competitions, you name it! I’m also on the Board of Directors for a fantastic percussion-only studio in DC called Knock On Wood Tap Studio.




Richard Engstrom, Ph.D.

APAN Instructor

Email: rengstro [at] umd.edu

Rich Engstrom grew up in New Orleans, where he developed an early interest in politics and local government.  He finished his political science education with a Ph.D. from Rice University in Houston and served on political science faculties at universities in Wyoming and Georgia.  While at Kennesaw State University he became Director of the A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research, where he led a team of researchers who engaged in applied policy projects for local government, nonprofit, state agency, and foundation clients.  While at the Burruss Institute Rich oversaw projects covering topics such as drug use prevention, teen driver safety, election administration, sexual violence, and regional economic development.  Rich then left the U.S. to spend two years helping a start-up university get off the ground, Nazarbayev University in the Republic of Kazakhstan, serving as Associate Dean for Research in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.  He then moved to Maryland and has been at the University of Maryland since 2016 where he has conducted applied analyses for various government and nonprofit clients in Maryland and where he also teaches classes in state and local government.  Recent projects in Maryland include work on gun violence prevention programs, auto insurance affordability, and the impact of arts and recreation programming by state agencies. 

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Other than political data and spreadsheets, what’s something (activity/hobby/etc) that makes you really happy?

Rich lives in the Annapolis area and enjoys being near and on the water.  He can often be found boating on the Chesapeake Bay or kayaking on the Patuxent River.  He does not, however, understand the appeal of fishing.




Christopher Antoun

APAN / JPSM Instructor

Email: antoun [at] umd.edu 

Christopher Antoun is an Assistant Research Professor with a joint appointment at the College of Information Studies (iSchool) and Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM). His research focuses on using smartphones to collect population data, either through text messaging, mobile questionnaires, or apps and sensors. Before coming to UMD, he obtained his PhD in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan and was a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Census Bureau. 



Ting Yan

APAN /JPSM Instructor

Email: tingyan [at] westat.com 

Ting Yan is a Research Assistant Professor in the Survey Methodology Program. She received her Ph.D. from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology in 2005. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. She had worked at NORC at the University of Chicago as a Senior Survey Methodologist before joining the Survey Methodology Program.



Partha Lahiri

APAN Instructor

Email: plahiri [at] umd.edu 

Partha Lahiri is a Professor in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) and in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park and an Adjunct Research Professor of the Institute of Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002, he held an appointment as the Milton Mohr Distinguished Professor of Statistics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has served on a number of advisory committees and panels, including the U.S. Census Advisory committee and U.S. National Academy of Sciences panel. Over the years he advised various local and international organizations such as the United Nations Development Program, World Bank, and the Gallup Organization. He has been an associate editor of Survey Methodology and the Journal of the American Statistical Association. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.


James Wagner

APAN / JPSM Instructor

Email: jameswag [at] umich.edu 

James Wagner is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Survey Methodology Program. He received his PhD from the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology in 2008. He has worked on surveys for over 20 years and has extensive experience with sample design. He currently serves as the Chief Mathematical Statistician on the National Survey of Family Growth Continuous 2011-2019.



Frederick Conrad

APAN / JPSM Instructor

Email: fconrad [at] umich.edu 

Frederick Conrad is a Research Professor in the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan and in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) at the University of Maryland. He is the director of the graduate programs at Michigan (MPSM) and Maryland (JPSM). He received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Chicago. His current research includes adaptive user interfaces in web surveys, interviewer-respondent interaction, and data collection with mobile, multimodal devices.



Sunghee Lee

APAN / JPSM Instructor

Email: slee1223 [at] umd.edu 



Ruben Bach

APAN / JPSM Instructor

Email: bachr [at] umd.edu