Michael Dimock is president of Pew Research Center. A political scientist by training, he sets organizational strategy and leads a domestic and international research agenda to explain public attitudes, opinions and behaviors, demographic changes, and trends over time. He also guides the Center’s research and development efforts to strengthen the practice of survey research and test innovative new methods in data collection and analysis.
Dimock has worked at Pew Research Center since 2000, becoming associate director for political research in 2004 and then director of the Center’s political unit in 2012. An expert on American political opinion, he has been the co-author of several of the Center’s landmark research reports, including its studies of long-term trends in American political and social values and its polling reports from the last several presidential election cycles. In 2014, as vice president of research, he oversaw the execution and analysis of the largest U.S. political survey that Pew Research Center has ever conducted, an in-depth, groundbreaking examination of the nature and scope of political polarization within the American public.
Dimock has been a frequent commentator on public opinion research for major media organizations. He has appeared as a survey analyst on PBS NewsHour, Fox News, NBC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, NPR and MSNBC, among other broadcast outlets. He has published scholarly articles on public opinion, voting behavior and survey methodology, and has presented numerous times at American Association for Public Opinion Research conferences.
Dimock received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California-San Diego and his B.A. in political science from the University of Houston. Before joining Pew Research Center, he was a political science professor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.