Cliff Zukin, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow and Professor
Areas of Expertise: 

Research Methodology and Survey Design


Cliff Zukin is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Policy and the Eagleton Institute of Politics. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Heldrich Center. Zukin received a Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University in 1978. He teaches graduate courses in survey research, research methods, public opinion, and data analysis. His research interests are in the fields of public opinion, New Jersey and national elections, and survey research.

Zukin is co-director of the Heldrich Center's Work Trends series, which won the 2013 Policy Impact Award, given by the American Association for Public Opinion Research for its series of surveys chronicling the impact of the Great Recession on the American public and the unemployed.

Zukin currently serves on the Executive Council of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. The executive council is the governing board of the 2,500 member association of public opinion and survey researchers, drawn from academics, the commercial sector, nonprofits, and government. He is a past president of AAPOR. He also serves on a National Academy of Sciences Committee on Human Spaceflight. This Congressionally mandated committee is charged with reviewing the long-term goals, core capabilities and direction of the U.D. human spaceflight program and making recommendations to enable a sustainable human spaceflight program.

Zukin's recent academically-oriented publications include, A New Engagement? Political Participation, Civic Life, and the Changing American Citizen (with co-authors, Oxford University Press, 2006) and The American Public and the Next Social Contract: Public Opinion and Political Culture in 2007, published by the New America Foundation. He previously served for 15 years on both the Board of Advisors for the Pew Center for the People and the Press, and as an election eve analyst for NBC news and Edison Research. He also serves on the editorial board of Public Opinion Quarterly, the leading scientific journal in the field.

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