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James Bell

Director of International Survey Research

Expertise: Foreign Policy Attitudes, Global Religious Beliefs and Practices, International Attitudes, Research Methodology

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James Bell is director of international survey research at the Pew Research Center. He plays a leading role in guiding the international research undertaken by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project and the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. Bell helps to design survey projects, develop questionnaires, analyze data and write reports. Prior to joining the Pew Research Center, Bell worked at the U.S. State Department for nearly a decade, most recently as director of international opinion research. Bell earned his doctorate in geography from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is an author of The World’s Muslims: Unity and Diversity, Global Opinion of Obama Slips, International Policies Faulted, Russians Back Protests, Political Freedoms and Egyptians Remain Optimistic, Embrace Democracy and Religion in Political Life. Bell has appeared on CNN and BBC World Service Radio, and has presented internationally, including at the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations annual conference.