Adam J. Berinsky


Adam J. Berinsky is the Mitsui Professor of Political Science at MIT. Berinsky received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1992 and his PhD. from the University of Michigan in 2000. He is a specialist in the fields of political behavior and public opinion. He is primarily concerned with questions of representation and the relationship between the mass public and political leaders.

Berinsky is the author of Silent Voices: Public Opinion and Political Participation in America (Princeton University Press, 2004), In Time of War: Understanding American Public Opinion from World War II to Iraq (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and the editor of New Directions in Public Opinion (Routledge, 2017). He has also published articles in many academic journals in Political Science and Psychology.

Berinsky has won several scholarly awards, is the recipient of multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He currently edits the University of Chicago Press’s Chicago Studies in American Politics book series. He is also the founding director of the MIT Political Experiments Research Lab.  In 2013 he was awarded the Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research. In 2016, Berinsky was appointed a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow to study how political rumors spread and how they can be effectively debunked.

Within the American Political Science Association, Berinsky has served on the executive councils of the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section and the Experimental Research Section. He has also served on award committees for the Political Methodology, Political Psychology, Experimental Research, and Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Sections.

Statement of Views
It is a privilege to be nominated to serve on the APSA Council. If elected, I would be very interested in working to help increase the communication between APSA and government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and private organizations to maximize the impact of political science in society. Our members across all subfields are doing important work that can help benefit the larger policy-making community. I am eager to help foster communication and collaboration between political scientists and political practitioners.