The Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research is awarded each year to honor individuals whose work on public opinion and/or survey methodology has a lasting and significant impact on our understanding of public opinion. The award is named for public opinion pioneer Warren J. Mitofsky, whose contributions to the field have become integral to the way survey professionals conduct election polling. Warren’s affiliation with the Roper Center began in the 1980s and lasted until his passing in 2006, the year before the first Mitofsky Award was announced.

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2017 Mitofsky Award & Dinner

Survey research scientist Howard SchumanNovember 9, 2017 – New York, NY

Honoring Professor Howard Schuman

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Howard Schuman (PhD, Sociology, Harvard University; MS, Psychology, Trinity College; and A.B., Philosophy, Antioch College) is a distinguished and respected sociologist, survey researcher, and scholar. He is an emeritus professor at the University of Michigan, where he began his teaching career in 1964, and he is an emeritus research scientist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research’s Survey Research Center.

Professor Schuman’s collective works reflect his diverse and extensive interests in sociology, survey research, and public opinion. He is a strong supporter of the Roper Center and, for over forty years, has used the Roper Center’s archive of public opinion and polling data for his many studies on racial attitudes in America and intergroup relations. He is also a past President of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the recipient of many AAPOR awards, including the AAPOR Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement. He has been on the editorial boards of many scholarly journals, as well as on the boards of many academic organizations and professional associations, notably AAPOR and the American Sociological Association.

His long history of academic achievement and his many books and other publications have been matched with many awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The Board of Directors of the Roper Center at Cornell University is honored to recognize Professor Howard Schuman’s enduring contributions to and accomplishments in public opinion research by awarding him with the Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research.

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Past Mitofsky Award Winners

2017 Mitofsky Award Winner Howard Schuman

Howard Schuman (PhD, Sociology, Harvard University; MS, Psychology, Trinity College; and A.B., Philosophy, Antioch College) is a distinguished and respected sociologist, survey researcher, and scholar ...

2016 Mitofsky Award Winner James Stimson

The Roper Center Board of Directors is proud to announce that noted public opinion scholar, author, and mentor James Stimson is the recipient of the ...
Daniel yankelovich

2015 Mitofsky Award Recipient Daniel Yankelovich

Roper Center Board of Directors is proud to present the 2015 Warren J. Mitofsky Award for excellence in public opinion research to Daniel Yankelovich, prominent ...
Andrew Kohut 2014 Mitofsky Award winner

2014 Mitofsky Award Recipient Andrew Kohut

The Roper Center's Board of Directors is delighted to announce the 2014 Warren Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research has been awarded to Andrew ...
2013 Mitofsky Award Recipients Adam Berinsky and Eric Schickler

2013 Mitofsky Award Recipients Adam Berinsky and Eric Schickler

It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of the Roper Center announces the winners of the 2013 Warren J. Mitofsky Award. They ...
Norman M. Bradburn 2012 Award recipient

2012 Mitofsky Award Recipient Norman Bradburn

The Board of Directors of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is pleased to announce that Norman M. Bradburn, senior fellow with the Cultural ...
Kathleen Frankovic 2011 Award recipient

2011 Mitofsky Award Recipient Kathleen Frankovic

The Board of Directors of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is pleased to announce that Kathleen A. Frankovic, former polling director at CBS ...
James A. Davis 2010 Award recipient

2010 Mitofsky Award Recipient James A. Davis

The Board of Directors of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is pleased to announce that James A. Davis, Principal Investigator, emeritus, of the ...
Robert Wuthnow 2009 Award recipient

2009 Mitofsky Award Recipient Robert Wuthnow

The Board of Directors of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is pleased to announce that Professor Robert Wuthnow of Princeton University is the ...
Robert Blendon 2008 Award recipient

2008 Mitofsky Award Recipient Robert Blendon

The Board of Directors of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is pleased to announce that Professor Robert Blendon of Harvard University is the ...
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