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Meet Our Researchers

Third Floor Research is an applied research partnership between the Kansas Leadership Center and Kansas State University’s Staley School of Leadership Studies. Our center includes researchers and practitioners from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Alabama, Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina and Chile.

Core Team

Keyhan Shams
Graduate Research Assistant, Kansas State University
Contributions: YLE Study,
Signature Research Project (forthcoming)
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Carlie Snethen
Graduate Research Assistant, Kansas State University
Contributions: Cleveland Leadership Center Alumni Report,
Heartland Together Community Development Grant
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Tim Steffensmeier
Director of Research, Kansas Leadership Center
Assistant Vice President, Director of Engagement & Outreach
Kansas State University
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RJ Youngblood
Consultant, Kansas Leadership Center
Office of the Vice President for Research, Kansas State University
Contributions: Development grant
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Authors and Contributors


Name Organization  Location
Elisa Adriasola Universidad Diego Portales Santiago, Chile
Claudia Amaro AB&C Bilingual Resources, LLC Wichita, KS
Anisah Ari Kansas Leadership Center & Kansas State University Wichita, KS
Mary Banwart University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
Randy Barbour Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Huntsville, AL
David Chrislip Skillful Means, Harvard University Boulder, CO
Patricia Dooley Wichita State University Wichita, KS
Tamara Hernandez Universidad Adolfo Ibanez Santiago, Chile
Tamas Kowalik Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
Roberta Maldonado-Franzen Duke University Durham, NC
Kiley Moody Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
Tim O’Brien Harvard University Boston, MA
Elnaz Parviz Green River College Lawrence, KS
Kerry Priest Kansas State University Manhattan, KS


To learn more about how you, or your organization, can partner with KLC’s Third Floor Research, contact Tim Steffensmeier at [email protected].

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