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Karen Middleton

Social Science Analyst

Karen Middleton has spent her professional life studying human behavior. Prior to joining the SOAR team at the Smithsonian in 2017, Karen worked as a contract analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Trained as an interrogator, she also served six years in the US Army Reserve, with a combat deployment to Afghanistan in 2014. 

Karen completed her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2012.  She recently graduated from North Carolina State University in December 2017 with a Master's of Science in Textiles.

Areas of Special Expertise:

  • Qualitative Research and Analysis
  • Continuous Improvement/Lean Six Sigma
  • Project Management
  • Audience Research