Board of DirectorsAdministrator
The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is a non-profit corporation. Its business and affairs are managed by a Board of Directors including representatives from survey research organizations, universities, and foundations.
Roper Center Board Officers
Robert Shapiro – Chair
Robert Y. Shapiro (Ph.D., Chicago, 1982) is the Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. His current research examines partisan polarization and ideological politics in the United States, as well as other topics concerned with public opinion and policymaking.
Frank Newport – Vice Chair
Frank Newport, Ph.D., is Gallup’s Editor in Chief and past president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Dr. Newport is author of Religion Matters, coauthor of Winning the White House 2008: The Gallup Poll, Public Opinion, and the Presidency and author of Polling Matters: Why Leaders Must Listen to the Wisdom of the People. He is coauthor with Stuart Rothenberg of The Evangelical Voter: Religion and Politics in America and coeditor of The Gallup Poll: Public Opinion, volumes 2004 through 2013. Dr. Newport graduated from Baylor University from which he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002. He earned a doctorate in sociology from the University of Michigan.
Susan Pinkus – Secretary & Treasurer
Susan Pinkus is former director of the Los Angeles Times Poll and has been a public opinion pollster for more than 25 years. She started her career with the poll as a marketing research analyst in 1978, and has held numerous positions over the last 30 years. She has started her own consulting firm, S. H. Pinkus Research Associates.
Roper Center Board Members
Nancy Belden is the founding partner of Belden Russonello Strategists. She has conducted hundreds of research projects over three decades, including national public opinion polls, focus groups, and studies of elite audiences. She holds an MA from Georgetown University and a BA from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia.
Duane L. Berlin, Education: Brandeis University (A.B., 1980); University of Miami (J.D., cum laude, 1983). Practice Areas: Corporate Finance and Securities; Privacy and Data Security; Technology and Commercial Law. Duane lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with his wife and their two daughters.
Diane K. Bowers is the President of CASRO, the U.S. national trade association of research agencies, with which she has been associated since 1979. She is a past president of the Market Research Council and a past member of ESOMAR’s Professional Standards Committee. She has also been a member of the advisory boards of several graduate programs in marketing research, including the University of Georgia, the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Michigan State University, and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Diane Colasanto is a survey research consultant based in Washington DC. She was one of the founding partners and a former president of Princeton Survey Research Associates and Princeton Data Source. Before that, she was Chief Methodologist at The Gallup Organization and an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Colasanto earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan. She is a past President of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.
Michael Delli Carpini
Michael X. Delli Carpini, Professor of Communication and Walter H. Annenberg Dean, received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (1975) and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (1980). His research explores the role of the citizen in American politics, with particular emphasis on the impact of the mass media on public opinion, political knowledge and political participation.
Murray Edelman, Edelman Research Consultants. A Distinguished Survey Research Scholar at Rutgers, Murray has had a 35-year career as a researcher on elections and public opinion. He is currently a trustee of the National Council of Public Polls. He received a BS from the University of Illinois and, in 1973, a Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Chicago.
Ann Green is an independent research consultant focusing upon the digital life cycle of scholarly resources, including their creation,
delivery, management, long-term stewardship, and preservation. She has an extensive background in digital archiving and user-driven support services at Cornell, UC Berkeley, and Yale University. Ann has participated in the development and promotion of standards for social science statistical metadata and digital preservation. Current projects include program evaluation of digital archives and related services, as well as ‘cradle to archive’ planning for digital collections. Ann is former President of IASSIST and is former Chair of the ICPSR Council.
Gary Langer is an internationally recognized public opinion researcher with expertise in survey methodology and management, questionnaire design and analysis of political, policy, economic and social attitudes. Langer Research Associates produces the ongoing ABC News/Washington Post polls for ABC News, the weekly Consumer Comfort Index for Bloomberg LP and survey projects for other clients on health care, international development and a range of public policy issues.
Lee M. Miringoff is the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College, and is a member of the Political Science faculty at the college. Lee received his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lee is a frequent commentator on politics and elections. He has appeared regularly on television and radio as an expert on public opinion, politics, and polling.
Jonathon Schuldt is an Assistant Professor of Communication a Cornell University. His research focuses on everyday judgment and decision making in the domains of environmental and health communication. Prior to Cornell, he was a faculty member at California State University – Northridge. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Douglas Rivers, Ph.D. Chief Innovations Officer YouGov. Doug Rivers is one of the world’s leading experts on survey research and a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur. He has taught at Harvard University, Caltech, UCLA, and, most recently, Stanford University, where he is Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Tom W. Smith
Tom W. Smith Ph.D., American History, University of Chicago, M.A., History, Pennsylvania State University, B.A., History, Political Science, Pennsylvania State University. Smith directs NORC’s Center for the Study of Politics and Society. Since 1980, he has served as Director of the General Social Survey (GSS), one of NORC’s most visible projects and one of the nation’s most heavily utilized datasets. He is also co-founder of the International Social Survey Program (ISSP), former Secretary General of the ISSP, and currently serving on the ISSP Standing and Methodology Committees.
G. Evans Witt
G. Evans Witt is a principal and CEO of Princeton Survey Research Associates International. He is a nationally recognized expert on public opinion, politics and the news media. Witt has been involved in survey research for almost 40 years. A Morehead Scholar and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Witt was a National Endowment for Humanities Fellow at Stanford University in 1981-82.