- Additional Positions at AU
- Director, MA program in Political Communication
- BA Political Science (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Brown University
MA Political Science (Kellogg Foundation Fellow), University of Michigan
- Favorite Spot on Campus
- In the classroom
- Molly O’Rourke is an Executive in Residence in the School of Communication where she also serves as director of the MA program in Political Communication. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of public opinion research, most recently as a partner at Hart Research in Washington, DC. She has directed multiphase qualitative and quantitative research for a variety of advocacy and nonprofit organizations, political candidates and parties, and media outlets, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Human Right Campaign (HRC) and NBC News. Earlier in her career, Molly worked in the U.S. Senate, for EMILY’s List, the women’s political action committee, and as an analyst at the Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute. For several years, she co-wrote a monthly column about trends in public opinion and political behavior titled “Behind the Numbers” for The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper. Molly currently serves on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at American University which oversees all human subject research. She is a member of the Brown Alumni Association Board of Governors.
COMM-420 Topics in Mass Media: The Presidential Primaries
COMM-639 Political Communication
COMM-738 Research for Strategic Comm
GOVT-628 Proseminar in Political Comm
Area of Expertise
Political communication, voting, polling, "drop off" voters, voter turnout, non-traditional voters, political science, public opinion, politics, American electorate
Her impressive 18-year career in public opinion research and communications includes 12 years at the prestigious Hart Research firm where she has held a number of senior level positions including most recently as partner. She has worked with a diverse portfolio of high profile, national clients such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, League of Conservation Voters, NBC News, Prevention Magazine and MTV's Choose or Lose Campaign. She is a well respected expert within the field of political communication and has co-written a column for The Hill newspaper and has appeared as a polling expert on a number of television programs including NBC Nightly News, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and WRC-TV DC's local NBC station.