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Sonja Gloeckle

Senior Director, Center for Insights in Survey Research

Sonja Gloeckle joined IRI in September 2017 as Senior Director of the Center for Insights in Survey Research, where she leads the global public opinion research portfolio. In this role, Gloeckle refines core standards for both quantitative and qualitative research design, execution, vetting, and analysis. She also explores and integrates innovative research methodologies to ensure that IRI remains at the forefront of the latest research technologies and is equipped to fully utilize its global network and decades of research experience in pursuit of bringing reliable results and tailored findings to its stakeholders.

Prior to joining IRI, Gloeckle served as Director of Research at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), where she collaborated with other US Government agencies, non-profit institutes, academics and international organizations to increase methodological rigor and to broaden the research scope. During her tenure at the BBG, she received the Gold Medal Award in recognition of her contributions to advancing the BBG’s research agenda. She is an Excellence in Government Senior Fellow.

Gloeckle obtained her undergraduate degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, along with a Certificat from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. She holds an MSc in Politics and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Among Gloeckle’s more memorable moments from the field are walking for miles and miles through verdant fields in China after a road was washed out, subsiding on water and granola bars for days in Guinea when a coup attempt called for hunkering down, finishing a focus group session in Egypt after midnight because participants simply would not stop talking, and chewing seemingly forever on a bite of a proffered meal in the Balkans only to later cringe after the host explained the ingredients with a sly grin. It is no wonder she is now hooked on fieldwork! When not at her desk or in the field, Gloeckle can be found drudging up mountains near and far.