Center for Social Research

Meet the CSR


The Calvin College Center for Social Research (CSR) was created by the Calvin Department of Sociology in 1970 in response to increasing numbers of faculty requests for research assistance. Since then, the CSR has grown into an independent center, supporting all of the social science departments of Calvin College as well as the broader community. Throughout its history, CSR's top priorities have been to promote excellence in research, both on campus and in the community.


The Center for Social Research aims to serve as a catalyst for scholarly research in the social sciences. Through research we seek to be agents of renewal in the academy, church, and society.


  • Research: promote basic and applied research of the highest quality by encouragement, example, and engagement with the college’s social science community.
  • Partnership: undertake collaborative and community-based research with scholars, organizations, and institutions at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
  • Faculty Development: enhance the scholarly community in social sciences at Calvin College.
  • Student Involvement: provide opportunities for students to develop their research skills in a mentoring environment.
  Neil Carlson, Ph.D., Director, received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University in 2004 and served as Assistant Director of the CSR from 2004 to 2011. He supports design of social research projects from the big questions to the technological nuts and bolts, including project management and budgeting, instrument design, database design, data visualization, statistical analysis, report writing, and interactive presentation of study data. Curriculum Vitae (PDF).
  Laura Luchies, Ph.D., Assistant Director, earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Northwestern University. Laura joined the CSR in the spring of 2014. She plans, organizes, and leads CSR research projects with on- and off-campus clients and provides the CSR student and recent graduate team with the daily guidance needed to do good work. Curriculum Vitae (PDF).
  Allison Rudi, MPPA, Project Coordinator, received her Masters from Northwestern University in Public Policy and Administration. Allison coordinates various CSR projects, including their collaboration with the Essential Needs Task Force of Kent County to assist in developing metrics and gathering data for use on an ENTF dashboard and in guiding future programs. Through results-driven research, public relations, interviews, and relationship development, she has generated support from a 70 member advisory group consisting of respected community leaders, CEOs, government officials, and academic collaborators for the first-ever Kent County Deliberative Poll. Allison enjoys spending time with her husband and their rambunctious 2 1/2 year old son, travel, coffee, and reading.
  Jordan Daley, Research Associate, traveled through the ranks of CSR, first as a Psychology Intern, then as a member of the student research assistant team in January 2016. Jordan, a 2016 Calvin graduate in Psychology, now serves as supervisor to the research assistants, in addition to providing project support for CSR clients.
  Kathy Bardolph, B.A., Administrative Assistant, a Calvin English and German graduate, offers administrative, clerical, and project support to the Center. In particular, Kathy enjoys editing and proofing for the Center.
  Brianna Marshall, B.S., Research Specialist, graduated cum laude from Calvin with a Geology major. Brianna comes to CSR from Fairfield, California. Besides her expertise in GIS, Brianna's many interests include singing, cooking, and travel.
  Charlotte Reynolds, B.S., Research Specialist, graduated from Calvin with a Geography major. Charlotte calls London her home. Her interests? Traveling, eating chocolate, drinking tea, and cycling around Grand Rapids.

Student Staff Team: The Student Research Assistants are comprised of a team of Calvin students who are constantly being trained in new research tools and practices. Currently, we have the following students on our team:
  JJ Adams, a senior fall of 2016, is majoring in Economics. From Rocklin, California, JJ loves to both play and watch sports. He's a huge Oakland A's fan.
  India Daniels, a senior, is majoring in History and English Literature, with a minor in Spanish. India works in HTML and CSS, as well as supporting CSR's research for our upcoming Deliberative Poll.
  Nikole Karl is a senior majoring in Psychology and Business. Nicole worked as a Psychology intern before joining CSR as a Research Assistant. When she's not at CSR, Nicole enjoys astronomy, mythology, reading all kinds of books, bike rides, and spending time with family and friends.
  Judy Kwon is a sophomore, and her majors are Sociology and Computer Science. Judy calls Peru home, and she enjoys travel. Her other interests include playing sports and cooking, but she insists her main love is eating!
  Joshua Nederhood, a senior, is majoring in International Relations and Chinese, with a minor in Geography. A Calvin student from California, Joshua also pursues interests in sustainable urbanism, food, cross-cultural dialogue, and history.
  Adriene Pendery, a Calvin junior, is majoring in Psychology, with a Neuroscience Concentration. New to CSR this summer Adriene enjoys working in Qualtrics, a software she recently learned.
  Ivanna Rodríguez, a sophomore, is studying Economics and International Development at Calvin. Ivanna comes to us from Tegucigalpa, Honduras; back home, she and her Mom own seven dogs. Why? Because they love dogs!.
Posted by Neil Carlson on Friday, July 29, 1988 at 09:42 AM
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