Director, Science and Society Research
Cary Funk is director of science and society research at Pew Research Center. She is a co-author of The Politics of Climate and The New Food Fights: U.S. Public Divides Over Food Science and U.S. Public Wary of ‘Enhancing’ Humans. She is a survey researcher with broad expertise in political and social attitudes, including politics and elections, race and ethnicity, and religion and U.S. politics. She has been specializing in public understanding of science topics since 2001. Prior to joining Pew Research Center, she directed the VCU Life Sciences Surveys, national surveys on science and biotechnology. She has served as an outside consultant and advisor for numerous projects about the science and engineering workforce and public opinion on science. She is currently on the editorial board of the Bulletin of Science and Technology & Society. Funk began her career at CBS News in New York, where she worked on pre-election surveys and exit polls; in more recent years, she served as an election night analyst for NBC News. She was on the political science faculty at Rice University and at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) before joining Pew Research Center. While an associate professor at VCU, she directed statewide polls on politics and public policy issues and on K-12 education, in addition to the VCU Life Sciences Surveys. She earned a doctorate and a master’s in social psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Funk has published numerous academic articles and book chapters in the fields of political science, public opinion and political behavior and is a co-author of Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and Society and How Scientists Engage the Public and What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science.