Fairleigh Dickinson University professor Dan Cassino has been appointed executive director of FDU Poll after serving as the poll’s director of experimental research since 2009.
Cassino replaces Krista Jenkins, who has been named senior officer for surveys at the Pew Charitable Trusts after leading the FDU poll since 2012.
Cassino has led some of the poll’s most widely reported research, according to the announcement of his elevation, including a study showing that people who read no news at all were no better or worse informed than those whose primary source of news is 24-hour cable channels such as Fox and MSNBC.
“Dan is an outstanding researcher, writer, and personality,” said Founding Director of FDU’s School of Public and Global Affairs Peter Woolley, who founded the poll in 2001. “In this era when accurate polling demands mathematical whizzes and new designs, Dan will be a leader.”
Cassino has published books and research articles on political communication, political cognition, and the socio-political consequences of men’s gender identities in both academia and the popular press.
“Traditional polling is facing enormous challenges, and we have to be ready to innovate, using new techniques and new data sources if we want to stay relevant,” said Cassino in a prepared statement. “The University has been incredibly supportive, and I’m excited to be part of a push to move survey research forward.”