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GW’s Graduate School of Political Management Names Research Director of the Global Center for Political Engagement

August 30, 2013

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WASHINGTON – Michael Cornfield, an associate professor of political management at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), has been appointed research director of the Global Center for Political Engagement, effective Sept. 1. 

“Dr. Cornfield has been an integral part of our faculty,” GSPM Director Mark Kennedy said. “In his new role as research director, he will continue to be an inspiration in the classroom while simultaneously breaking new ground in political research.”

As research director, Dr. Cornfield will be responsible for advancing the center’s thought leadership, in particular surrounding the emerging use of big data in campaigns and elections; advocacy and lobbying; negotiation and conflict resolution; and political communication and leadership. He will have a lead role in organizing the Shenkman Seminar Series, a program made possible by GW Trustee Mark Shenkman detailing the ways in which big data is used for political success. Additionally, Dr. Cornfield will head the effort to develop case studies to move GSPM’s curriculum toward a participant-centered learning model, an approach comparable to those used in advanced-degree programs in business, engineering, journalism and law.

Dr. Cornfield teaches, studies and consults on campaign strategy and messaging, and specializes in presidential rhetoric, advocacy training and political uses of the Internet.

He is the author of two books: “Politics Moves Online: Campaigning and the Internet” (The Century Foundation, 2004) and “The Civic Web: Online Politics and Democratic Values”, co-edited with David M. Anderson (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).  He has contributed chapters to numerous academic anthologies, most recently “Twelve for 2012: Consequential Choices by the Obama and Romney Presidential Campaigns," which will be published in “Campaigning for President 2012” (Routledge, 2013).

Before joining the George Washington University, Dr. Cornfield taught at the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary. Dr. Cornfield also served as a senior research consultant to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. He received his B.A. from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.


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