IMG_1613Carol Petty is a doctoral student of sociology at George Mason University. She currently works as a research assistant at the Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) and manages the CSSR Telephone Survey Lab. Her recent projects include the South Carolina Storm Water Survey and the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Survey.

Prior to enrolling in the Sociology PhD program at Mason, Carol studied as a Fulbright Grantee in Germany (2010-2011) and worked as a writing tutor (2009-2010). She holds a B.A. in Sociology from George Mason University.

Carol’s research interests center on immigration and transnational communities, with a focus on citizenship practices and cultural adaptation. Her recent work analyzes strategies for constructing commonality across cultural differences.  She is trained in quantitative and qualitative research methods, with a particular interest in critical ethnography. She works regularly with Stata, SPSS, and DatStat.

Her current project at the CSSR, the Mason and Fairfax Transit Study, combines fieldwork and survey research to assess transportation to and from George Mason University.