Michael Dimock is president of Pew Research Center. A survey researcher and political scientist by training, he oversees the center’s overall operations and research agenda, including research on politics, religion, demographics, media, technology and international issues.
Dimock has worked at Pew Research Center for more than a decade. He was first hired by the center’s founding director, Andrew Kohut, in 2000, became associate director for research in 2004 and then succeeded Kohut as director of the center’s political polling unit in 2012. 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 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 conducted, an in-depth examination of the nature and scope of political polarization within the American public.
He is a frequent commentator on public opinion polling for major media organizations. A regular election night analyst on NPR, he has appeared as a survey analyst on PBS NewsHour, Fox News, NBC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN and MSNBC, among other broadcast outlets. Dimock has published scholarly articles on public opinion, voting behavior and survey methodology, and presented numerous times at American Association for Public Opinion Research conferences.
He 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.