For Paul Herrnson, one of the foremost experts on the American political process, joining the University of Connecticut faculty as the new director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is a natural fit.
“The Roper Center is the gold standard for archiving public opinion data,” Herrnson says. “It’s used by scholars, students, and journalists, as well as political party organizations alike. It’s a household name for people who do this kind of research.”
Herrnson, who comes to UConn from the University of Maryland, where he was director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship, says that at a time when the number of polls is growing exponentially every year, his two principal goals at the Roper Center will be to maintain its mission, and to help develop the center as what he calls “a living archive of democracy.”
“I’d like to see greater use of the archive both nationally and internationally, and I’d like to see the Roper Center have greater visibility as well,” he says.