Aaron Trent, who recently earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago, joined the team earlier this month. He will help analyze data and develop reports for our full spectrum of cultural and higher ed clients.
Aaron becomes the firm’s second research assistant, joining Catherine Jett who has worked in that role since 2009. He will collaborate with and support the firm’s research analysts and senior associates in analyzing and interpreting findings from both qualitative and quantitative research studies.
Aaron has been affiliated with Slover Linett on a freelance basis since the winter of 2008, when he worked both as a data collector and in the office, assisting the team on projects for the Hyde Park Art Center, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the University of Chicago Booth School of business, and other clients. He developed his data analysis skills in the course of a summer internship at the firm in 2009.
Aaron was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior at the University of Chicago. During the winter of 2009, he traveled to South Africa for a program in comparative African studies and later wrote a B.A. thesis on the history of passports and identity documents in South Africa.
In May of 2010, he presented research from his B.A. thesis at the annual Michicagoan Graduate Student Conference in Linguistic Anthropology, jointly sponsored by the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan.
Aaron has already enjoyed applying his anthropological training to the cultural sector and looks forward to further research with the firm. “As someone deeply interested in both the arts and the different ways in which people make meaning, Slover Linett feels like a perfect fit for me,” he says.
The feeling is mutual, notes managing partner Cheryl Slover-Linett. “Aaron is a sharp thinker and a quick learner. He really impressed us when he was doing field research a few years ago, and we knew we wanted to help him develop over the long term,” she says. “We’re all so glad he’s a full member of the team now.”
At least temporarily: Aaron plans to pursue a graduate degree in anthropology at some point in the future and may apply to the Peace Corps.
Please join us in welcoming Aaron. He can be reached by phone at (773) 348-9211 and by email at email@example.com.