Dr. Michael Cornfield

Faculty: Full-Time


Michael Cornfield, a political scientist, is an Associate Professor of Political Management at The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.  He directs the Shenkman Initiative on Applying Big Data for Political Success, a three-year research and education project about data analytics, strategic communications, and democratic politics, and the PEORIA (Public Echoes Of Rhetoric in America) Project, an examination of patterns of public mentions of 2016 presidential candidates and their key words in mainstream and social media.  Recent reports and “Rhetorical Recaps” may be found here.

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