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Costas Panagopoulos

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Distinguished Professor of Political Science; Department Chair

A leading expert on campaigns and elections, voting behavior, political psychology, campaign finance, and experimental research, Dr. Panagopoulos has been part of the Decision Desk team at NBC News since the 2006 election cycle. He is also editor of American Politics Research, a peer-reviewed journal published by Sage. He is the former director of big data and quantitative initiatives within the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Panagopoulos came to Northeastern from Fordham University where he was a professor in the political science department, director and founder of the Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy and the graduate program in elections and campaign management, and an adjunct professor of quantitative methods at Columbia University. In 2015-2016, Dr. Panagopoulos was visiting professor of political science and resident fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. He was selected by the American Political Science Association as a Congressional Fellow during 2004-2005, and he served in the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY).

Panagopoulos is the author of over 60 scholarly articles published in outlets including: American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Psychology, Presidential Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, American Politics Research, PS: Political Science and Politics, Women & Politics, the Journal of Social and Political Psychology, Social Influence, Basic and Applied Social Psychology, and the Journal of Political Marketing. He is also author of Political Campaigns: Concepts, Contexts, and Consequences (Oxford University Press) and coauthor of A Citizen’s Guide to U.S. Elections: Empowering Democracy in America (Routledge). He is also editor of Rewiring Politics: Presidential Nominating Conventions in the Media Age (LSU Press), Politicking Online: The Transformation of Election Campaign Communications (Rutgers University Press), and Public Financing in American Elections (Temple University Press) and coauthor (with Joshua Schank) of All Roads Lead to Congress: The $300 Billion Fight Over Highway Funding (CQ Press).

Panagopoulos has received over $1 million in grant support for his research as well numerous awards including the Robert H. Durr Award for “Best Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association that applies quantitative methods to a substantive problem” in 2014, the “Best Paper published in Political Research Quarterly in 2014,” and the Miller Prize for “Best Paper published in Political Analysis in 2013.”

Previously, Dr. Panagopoulos was a research associate at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in 2006. He previously founded and directed the master’s program in political campaign management in the Department of Politics at New York University. Panagopoulos has also been a visiting scholar at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University and scholar-in-residence in the Department of Government at American University. He has also been a visiting research scholar at the Institute for Politics, the Internet and Democracy at the Graduate School for Political Management at George Washington University and is a research fellow at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, both in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Panagopoulos has provided extensive analysis and commentary for print and broadcast media outlets including: CNN, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Fox News, BBC, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

Panagopoulos has provided strategic advice to numerous candidates running for federal, state and local offices or in international elections. The former editor-in-chief of Campaigns & Elections magazine, Panagopoulos has also served on the board of directors of the American Association of Political Consultants.


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    PhD, 2005, Political Science, NYU

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