Brian Oberlander (PhD)

Meet Brian, your friendly research wiz.

Having worked with students from a wide variety of backgrounds for over a decade, undertaken extensive  research and published numerous peer-reviewed articles, Brian knows how to help students conquer their research projects. Combine this with a passion for bringing research skills “down to earth” and you’ve got a dynamic Grad Coach on your side.

Quick facts

  • Methodologies: qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods.
  • Data collection methods: interviews, surveys, participant-observation, field recordings (music, etc.), archival work.
  • Data analysis methods: thematic, discourse and narrative analysis. Descriptive and inferential statistical analysis.
  • Research interests: anthropology, arts and humanities, music, philosophy, migration studies, Middle East and North African Studies.
  • Specialist skills: multi-sited and comparative ethnography, methods of translation and transcription, coding and analysis of audio-visual materials.


Brian has over a decade of experience supporting students and instructing courses in the arts and humanities, both online and in the classroom.  He has worked in various roles for Columbia College Chicago, National Louis University, the Newberry Research Library and the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation, helping students from high school to graduate school level.

Brian’s research experience spans both the qualitative and quantitative worlds, allowing him to support students regardless of their methodological approach – to go where the data leads them. His research has been published in various peer-reviewed journals and his papers have presented at national and international conferences across Europe, North Africa, and North America. Brian has extensive experience using ATLAS.ti to code and analyse not only text but audio and video-based data sets as well.

Brian plays several musical instruments and speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic. He is an avid traveller, treating each new city as a “research project”. In other words, he’s a true researcher at heart!


Brian completed his honours BA in Music & Philosophy at the New College of Florida in 2008. He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and went on to complete his PhD in Musicology at Northwestern University in 2017.

Brian’s passion for helping students achieve their academic goals, combined with a dynamic skill set and extensive experience makes him a powerful asset to any student undertaking research.

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