Dr. Michael Cornfield

Michael Cornfield
Associate Professor and Research Director of the Global Center for Political Management

Michael Cornfield, a political scientist, is an Associate Professor of Political Management at The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, and Research Director for the Global Center for Political Management.


Cornfield directs the PEORIA (Public Echoes Of Rhetoric in America) Project, a research initiative developing qualitative and quantitative methods to extract political intelligence from social media data.  Project reports and bulletins may be found at https://gspm.gwu.edu/public-echoes-rhetoric-america-peoria-project .


He teaches the introductory course in the Political Management Program, Fundamentals of Political Management, and supervises the thesis and independent study courses.

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," in Campaigning for President 2012 (Routledge, 2013), and has written monthly columns for Campaigns & Elections magazine and the marketing news portal MediaPost.

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.

Follow him on Twitter @MBCornfield


Ph.D., Harvard University
B.A., Pomona College



Politics Moves Online: Campaigning and the Internet (The Century Foundation, 2004)

The Civic Web: Online Politics and Democratic Values, co-edited with David M. Anderson (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003)


Chapters in Books and Other Writings

“Twelve for 2012: consequential Choices for the Obama and Romney Campaigns,” in Johnson, ed., Campaigning for President 2012 (Routledge, 2013)

Classes Taught

Fundamentals of Political Management
Ethics, Leadership, and Management
Independent Research