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New england association of public opinion research

Executive Council

Tatishe Nteta | President

Tatishe Nteta is associate professor of Political Science and the Director of the UMass Poll at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  His research focuses on race and ethnic politics, public opinion, political behavior, and political campaigns. His work has been published in the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Psychology, Political Communication, and Social Science Quarterly.

Tracy Keirns | Vice President

Tracy Keirns is Assistant Director of the UNH Survey Center. She has more than 15 years of experience in survey research in her role at the UNH Survey Center since 2005. Her areas of focus are methodology, medical sociology, and mental health. She has been PI on hundreds of projects at the UNH Survey Center and is experienced managing complex survey designs.

Brian Schaffner | Past President

Brian Schaffner is the Newhouse Professor of Civic Studies in Political Science and Tisch College at Tufts University. He is also co-Principal Investigator for the Cooperative Election Study, the largest academic survey of the American public and a core resource for academic researchers and the news media for understanding public opinion and American elections. Schaffner’s research focuses on public opinion, campaigns and elections, political participation, and political parties. His most recent books are Hometown Inequality: Race, Class, and Representation in American Local Politics and The Acceptance and Expression of Prejudice during the Trump Era.

Carol Cosenza


Zachary Azem

Programming Chair

Andrew Smith


Missy Mosher


Nicole Mitchell

Associate Programming Chair

Jennifer Dineen



The New England Chapter of the American Association of Public Opinion Research (NEAAPOR) is a community engaged in the discussion and advancement of methods, applications, and findings from public opinion research.


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