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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.


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

SOC - School of Communication
McKinley 208
Contact Info
(202) 885-2968 (Office)

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For the Media
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  • Spring 2016

  • Fall 2016

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