Office of Institutional Research


The Office of Institutional Research operates within the Office of the Provost. Our staff have a wide range of experiences within higher education.

  • Katharine Tracy Barnes

    Director of Institutional Research

    Tracy received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Hispanic Studies from Brown University and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Clark University. She has been with the Office of Institutional Research since it began when it evolved from the Registrar's Office, where she had been working at the time. As Director of OIR, Tracy supports planning and evaluation efforts of the University, coordinates Brown's responses to externally mandated reporting, and provides information for institutional affiliations and accreditation. 

  • Karen Baptist

    Associate Director of Institutional Research

    Karen received a Bachelor's degree in psychology from SUNY Geneseo and an MSc in education from Alfred University. She has been with the Office of Institutional Research at Brown since 2005, having previously worked in institutional research at Bridgewater State University, Colgate University, and Alfred University. Karen is a past chair of Brown's Staff Advisory Council. Her favorite type of chart is the jitter plot.

  • Mary Heather Smith

    Senior Institutional Research Analyst

    Mary Heather has been with the Office of Institutional Research since 2013. Prior to that, she worked in institutional research and student advising at Hamline University.  She has a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences from the University of Chicago, a master’s in English from the University of Wisconsin, and got partway through a Ph.D. in English at the University of Minnesota.  Mary Heather likes to spend her lunch hours exploring Brown’s various museums and galleries. 

  • Kimberly Buxton

    Institutional Research Analyst

    Kim earned a Bachelor’s degree at Slippery Rock University for programs in psychology and philosophy. She earned an MA in cognitive and social processes and a graduate certificate in institutional research at Ball State University. Kim joined the Office of Institutional Research at Brown in 2017. She enjoys cleaning data and proofing reports (that aren't her own).

  • Margot Saurette

    Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator

    Margot is a 33 year employee of Brown and has been with the Office of Institutional Research since summer 2018. After serving for over 32 years in the Diversity Office and the Office of Facilities Management, she currently serves the University by splitting her time between two departments. As Executive Assistant in the Office of the Provost she supports the Deputy Provost of Academic Affairs with oversight of the external department review process, Corporation meeting support and also serves as administrative support for the Academic Priorities Committee among other projects as needed. As part of her position in Institutional research, she provides administrative support for the office staff needs, tracks projects for the group for annual summaries, schedules committee meetings and provides support for larger projects as needed. She is also creating a tracking project for the NEASC accreditation process that will ease the burden of compiling ten years of information regarding the review of our program.