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Adam J. Berinsky

Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chapter Member: Boston SSN

About Adam

Berinsky’s research is primarily focused on public political opinion and behavior, and the relationship between the public and elites.  He studies what surveys can, and cannot, reveal about public opinion, how these polls are reflected in elite behavior and policymaking, how these opinions are shaped by political and social environments, and citizen engagement and perception.

In addition to his research, Berinsky directs the MIT Political Experiments Research Lab and has been involved as an academic affiliate with the Office of Evaluation Sciences  in the General Services Administration. The Office of Evaluation is a team of applied experts from the social sciences working directly with federal agencies to evaluate the effectiveness of new evidence-based interventions on program outcomes and enable government to make informed decisions. He has also given talks to the team and is currently involved in designing information campaigns around vaccine uptake.

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In the News

Research discussed by Nathan Collins, in "How to Tackle Conspiracy Theories in Politics," Pacific Standard, August 8, 2018.
Research discussed by Philip Golingai, in "In the Mood for Lies," The Star Online, April 21, 2018.
Quoted by Rod Watson in "Rod Watson: Early Voting Alone Won't Increase New York's Turnout," Buffalo News, March 22, 2018.
Research discussed by Alan Boyle, in "Scientists Verify That Fake News Outruns Truth on Twitter — and Call for a Fix," GeekWire, March 9, 2018.
Research discussed by "Researchers Call for Large-Scale Scientific Investigation into Fake News," EurekAlert!, March 8, 2018.
Quoted by Edward Burmila in "Why Fake News Works," The Week, November 3, 2017.
Guest on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, October 13, 2017.
Guest on Full Frontal News with Samantha Bee, October 12, 2017.
Opinion: "Making Voting Easier Doesn’t Increase Turnout," Adam J. Berinsky, Stanford Social Innovation Review, February 8, 2016.
Opinion: "Poll Shows False Obama Beliefs a Function of Partisanship," Adam J. Berinsky, Huffington Post, September 13, 2010.