Antje Kirchner, a research survey methodologist in RTI International’s Survey Methodology Division, has nearly a decade of experience conducting complex surveys in the United States and Germany.
Her work and research addresses challenges in survey methodology, including ways to examine nonresponse bias using machine learning techniques, how to reduce nonresponse bias using adaptive/responsive designs, assessing the quality of survey data (across different survey modes) using administrative data, detecting problems in the respondent-interviewer interaction, and how to improve response quality using behavior coding and paradata. Her research has been published in journals such as Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, and Journal of the American Statistical Association. She recently organized the “Big Data Meets Survey Science (BigSurv18)” conference and is an active member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) where she serves as an Education Committee member since 2016, the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) where she serves as a member of the ESRA committee since 2017, and the American Statistical Association (ASA) where she is Program Chair-Elect 2019 for the Social Statistics Section.
Prior to her time at RTI, Dr. Kirchner worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Survey Research and Methodology Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she now serves as an adjunct research assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. Before her postdoctoral work, Dr. Kirchner worked as a senior researcher at the Institute for Employment Research in Nuremberg, Germany.
Dr. Kirchner has taught questionnaire design, research design and data management and analysis using Stata.