New england association of public opinion research

Executive Council

Brian Schaffner | 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.

Tatishe Nteta | Vice 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.

Andrew Smith | Past President

Dr. Andrew Smith is the Director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and Professor of Practice in Political Science in the UNH Department of Political Science where his teaching and research has focused on survey methodology, elections, and public policy. His methodological research has included work on question wording effects, question and response order effects, the issue of non-attitudes in surveys, and methods of improving the accuracy of pre-election surveys. He regularly presents at academic conferences on public opinion and political science.

Carol Cosenza

Secretary Treasurer

Tracy Keirns

Programming Chair

Missy Mosher


Maeve Duggan

Associate Secretary/Treasurer

Zach Azem

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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