Brittany Machado is the Center's Research Analyst. She is involved with the various phases of the Center's research studies, including survey development, implementation, and the dissemination of each study's findings. Brittany is also the co-supervisor to the Center student researcher team. She works closely with student researchers to assist them on Center projects, such as learning new survey software, developing coding schemes, entering data, and analyzing datasets. She is also responsible for coordinating professional development workshops that will assist students' future career needs.
Prior to being a research analyst at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles, Brittany conducted quantitative studies ethnicity, gender, and body image and presented at numerous national conferences. After completing her M.A. she worked as a research assistant at the California Institute for Technology on neuropsychological study of social capital and morality. She has taught sociology and psychology courses as an adjunct and has consulted on documentary film projects. Trained as an interdisciplinary social scientist, Brittany also has specialized knowledge in qualitative sociological research methodologies. Her work in this area focuses on the role of culture in shaping individual and group identities, with an emphasis on religion and sexuality.
Brittany received her B.A. in psychology from Azusa Pacific University and her M.A. in the social sciences from the University of Chicago with an emphasis on the sociology of sexuality and religion. She holds a certificate in Gender and Sexuality from the University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and is a member the Psychology Honor Society (Psi Chi).