Michael Cornfield

Associate Professor of Political Management; Research Director, Global Center for Political Engagement, George Washington University

Michael Cornfield, a political scientist, is an associate professor at GW's Graduate School of Political Management and Research Director of the Global Center for Political Engagement. He teaches, studies and consults on campaign strategy and message, with specializations in presidential rhetoric, advocacy training, and political uses of the Internet.

Cornfield is the author of two books: Politics Moves Online: Campaigning and the Internet (The Century Foundation, 2004) and The Civic Web: Online Politics and Democratic Values, co-edited with David M. Anderson (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). He has contributed chapters to numerous academic anthologies, most recently "Twelve for 2012: Consequential Choices by the Obama and Romney Presidential Campaigns," to be published in Campaigning for President 2012 (Routledge, 2013). From 1999 until 2007, Cornfield wrote a monthly column for Campaigns & Elections magazine; in 2007 and 2008, he co-starred in a weekly radio feature "Plays for the Presidency," on XM Radio's POTUS Channel.

Cornfield received his B.A. from Pomona College and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Before coming to The George Washington University, he taught at the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary. Cornfield also served as a Senior Research Consultant to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. He lives with his wife Kathryn Mimberg and son Matthew in Arlington, Virginia.


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    Associate Professor of Political Management Research Director, Global Center for Political Engagement , George Washington University