Site Founders

Samuel J. Best is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut and the former director of the Center for Survey Research and Analysis. He earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 and his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1995. Dr. Best specializes in public opinion, electoral behavior and research methods. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles in many of the top journals in political science, such as American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, and American Politics Research. His books include Exit Polls: Surveying the American Electorate: 1972-2010 (CQ Press, 2012), Polling America (Greenwood, 2005) and Internet Data Collection (Sage, 2004).

Brian S. Krueger is a Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Rhode Island and received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Brian has authored or co-authored books and articles dealing with campaigns and elections, political participation, political mobilization, the impact of new technologies on political behavior, government domestic monitoring and emotions. His latest book concerns U.S. exit polls from 1972-2010 (CQ Press, 2012).

Jeffrey W. Ladewig is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut and an Associate Editor of the journal Polity. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Government at University of Texas at Austin in 2002 and his B.A. from the Department of Political Science and the Department of Economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1993. His primary areas of research include developing political economy models of party and ideological polarization in the U.S. Congress, the effects of income inequality in the U.S, and congressional apportionment. His articles have been published in journals such as The Journal of Politics, International Organization, Perspective on Politics, and American Political Research.

Clifford D. Vickrey earned his M.A. in Political Science from the Department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut in 2012, and his B.A. from the Department of Government at Colby College in 2010. A web programmer, database administrator, and illustrator, he is pursuing his Ph.D. at UConn in the Department of Political Science. His research interests include Political Theory, deliberative democracy, human rights, and public opinion. View his personal website.