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Molly O'Rourke

Executive in Residence
School of Communication

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Co-Director, MA in Political Communication
  • Molly O’Rourke is an Executive in Residence in the School of Communication. She has more than 15 years’ experience in the field of public opinion research, most recently as a partner at Peter Hart Research in Washington, DC. She has directed multiphase qualitative and quantitative research for variety of issue advocacy and nonprofit organizations, trade associations, political candidates and parties, and media outlets, including NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Planned Parenthood. Molly has worked on Capitol Hill as an aide to U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and has been part of multiple statewide campaigns as a staff member at EMILY’s List, the women’s political action committee. She has also served as an analyst for the Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute.

    For several years, she co-wrote a monthly column about politics and public opinion titled “Behind the Numbers” for The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper. She has taught courses on research methodology as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and guest lectured on research and communication at Duke University, Brown University, and the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Degrees

    BA Political Science (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Brown University
    MA Political Science (Kellogg Foundation Fellow), University of Michigan

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  • Summer 2015

  • Fall 2015

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