Board of DirectorsDarlene Hart
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 a professor and former chair of 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.
Paul Herrnson – President
Paul Herrnson, an expert in American politics, is Executive Director of the Roper Center and a Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He has published numerous books, including Voting Technology: The Not-So-Simple Act of Casting a Ballot, Congressional Elections: Campaigning at Home and in Washington, The Financiers of Congressional Elections, and Interest Groups Unleashed. He has written many journal articles and book chapters. and is the editor of the Real Politics in America book series with Pearson Longman.
Lois Timms-Ferrara- Assistant Treasurer
Lois began her career as a public opinion analyst for the Roper Center, preparing reports for media and academic researchers. Today, she is associate director of the Center and has lead responsibility for data acquisition, and member/user development. Her formal education is in Economics and her graduate studies have been in Organizational Relations. Lois’ current interests lie in developing educational tools for instruction in the use of polling data in the undergraduate classroom. She is a participating member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the International Association for Social Science, Information, Service and Technology (IASSIST).
Marc Maynard – Assistant Secretary
Marc is Director of Technical Services at the Roper Center. With experience in user services and archives management, he has most recently directed efforts to further develop the Roper Center’s data access services. He has been primarily responsible for the development of iPOLL, the Center’s question retrieval system and RoperExpress, its data download service. Marc serves on the Operations Committee of the Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences (Data-PASS), a partnership in the Library of Congress’ National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). He received a BS in business from the University of Connecticut and an MS in information technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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.
Mark A. Boyer is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of political science at the University of Connecticut. He holds a B.A. in political science from Wittenberg University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in from the University of Maryland. He co-directs the GlobalEd Project, which employs the ICONS simulation as an experimental international studies venue. He is past Editor of International Studies Review (2008-2012) and International Studies Perspectives (2000-2004).
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.
Claudia Deane is the Vice President of Research Practices at the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Pew Research in 2014, she served as the Associate Director for Public Opinion & Survey Research at the Kaiser Family Foundation, and spent eight years as the Assistant Director of Polling for the Washington Post. Deane did graduate work in the political science doctoral program at the University of Michigan, and regularly serves as an election night exit poll analyst for ABC News.
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 in the social sciences. 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.
Robert M. Groves is a social statistician who studies the impact of social cognitive and behavioral influences on the quality of statistical information. His research has focused on the impact of mode of data collection on responses in sample surveys, the social and political influences on survey participation, the use of adaptive research designs to improve the cost and error properties of statistics, and public concerns about privacy affecting attitudes toward statistical agencies.
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.
Rich Morin is a senior editor at the Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project. He is a veteran newsman and pollster with more than 30 years experience in newspaper journalism. Before joining the Pew Research Center, he served as polling editor, staff writer, and columnist for The Washington Post. He serves on the executive council of the American Association For Public Opinion Research.
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.