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Rich Clark, Ph. D
Director, Castleton Polling Institute

In addition to directing the Castleton Polling Institute, Dr. Clark is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of History, Geography, Economics, and Politics (HGEP). Clark came to Castleton in the fall of 2011 to establish the Castleton Polling Institute as a resource for public opinion research and high quality data collection services. 

Before taking the position at Castleton, Clark ran the Survey Research and Evaluation Unit at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. In his 10 years at the University of Georgia, Clark conducted numerous public opinion polls and citizen satisfaction surveys for state, local, and national clients.  In 2001, Clark started the Peach State Poll—a state-wide quarterly opinion poll focusing on policy issues that affect the lives of Georgians.   

In the late 1990s Clark was a Research Associate at the Roper Center for Public Opinion—the world’s largest public opinion data archive. After completing his doctoral program in Political Science at the University of Connecticut (1998), he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut where he taught in the Master’s of Survey Research Program and in the department of Political Science.   

 Clark has served as President of the Southern Association for Public Opinion Research (2007-08), written articles, and regularly presents his research at national conferences focusing on public opinion and survey research methodology.  He is an expert in survey research methodology and focus group research.