Michael Dimock is president of Pew Research Center, a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts focused on generating a foundation of facts to enrich the public conversation and support sound decision making. As president, he leads the Center’s research, operations, strategic planning and outreach—work that includes reinventing the Center’s survey methodology, expanding international research and dissemination, and forging new data science approaches to better understand public attitudes, values and behaviors.
Dimock joined the Center in 2000 to work with its founding director Andrew Kohut in analyzing and reporting public opinion data related to U.S. politics and elections. Dimock became director of the Center’s political research unit in 2012 and was appointed president by the Center’s board of directors in 2014. Over this twenty-year span, 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 an in-depth examination of the nature and scope of political polarization within the American public.
Before joining Pew Research Center, Dimock was a political science professor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. He has been a frequent commentator on public opinion and politics for major media organizations and has appeared as a guest analyst on numerous television and radio programs. He has published articles on voting behavior, public opinion and survey methodology, and is a sought-after speaker, having presented at such venues as the Aspen Ideas Festival, Milken Institute Global Conference, Chatham House and various professional symposia.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California San Diego.