Dr. Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen
Anthony Coelho Assistant Professor of the Political Management Program.

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @michaelcohen; Medium archive


Michael D. Cohen, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor  at the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He teaches an online course in applied research and a the program’s fundamentals and capstone classes on campus. Dr. Cohen’s research focuses on the interaction between political messaging, social media, and public opinion.  He serves as Chief Data Scientist of the PEORIA (Public Echoes Of Rhetoric in America) Project, which focuses on this nexus of political communication. Recent reports and additional online publications are found here.


Outside of GSPM, Dr. Cohen is the Founder and CEO of Cohen Research Group a polling and market research firm in Washington, D.C.  The group publishes Congress inYour Pocket, an award-winning  suite of political directories for mobile devices.  He has served as Principal Strategist and Polling Team Lead at Microsoft Corporation, Vice President of Public Affairs at Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates, and began his career at The Gallup Organization, rising to Senior Research Director.  While completing his doctorate he worked for the Republican Party of Florida, helping to lead races for the state legislature, which included an upset victory turning party control of the Florida House for the first time since Reconstruction.


Dr. Cohen has published several articles in Campaigns & Elections Magazine, where he was noted as a “Mover & Shaker.” He has been interviewed by various media including The New York Times, Washington Post, CBS News, CNN, and Fox News.  For six years, he served as Chairman of Government Affairs for the Insights Association (formerly the Marketing Research Association).  Dr. Cohen earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Florida, where was inducted into the Hall of Fame.  He lives with his wife and two kids in Ashburn, Virginia.


Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Florida
M.A in Mass Communication, University of Florida
B.S. in Telecommunication and Business, University of Florida

Classes Taught

Applied Research Project

Fundamentals of Political Management

Political Power & Practice