Gary Orren

V.O. Key, Jr. Professor of Politics and Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US

Gary Orren is the V. O. Key, Jr. Professor of Politics and Leadership at Harvard University.  He has taught at Harvard for over 40 years.  He also has taught frequently at the Said Business School at Oxford University.  He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard and graduated summa cum laude from Oberlin College.

A leading expert on politics, persuasion, and strategic communications, his books include:  Equality in America: The View from the Top; The Electronic Commonwealth: The Impact of New Media Technologies on Democratic Politics; Media Polls in American Politics; and Media and Momentum: The New Hampshire Primary and Nomination Politics.

Professor Orren is a strategy and communications consultant to corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations around the world.  He has conducted and analyzed opinion polls for many clients, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe.  At The New York Times, he played a leading role in creating the first national news media poll: The New York Times/CBS News Poll.  He has worked as a political adviser in election campaigns in the U.S. and other countries, and has served on the national political party commissions that drafted the rules for the U.S. presidential nomination process.  He also has assisted ABC television as an expert analyst in its coverage of election night results.