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Ken Goldstein

Vice President for Survey Research and Institutional Policy

Ken Goldstein serves as the Vice President for Survey Research and Institutional Policy. He oversees AAU’s public polling and institutional surveys as well as research studies in support of AAU’s advocacy messaging and campaigns. He also oversees institutional policy activities and leads projects on a variety of topics of importance to AAU members and staffs the Chief Academic Officer (Provosts) group.

Goldstein earned his PhD at the University of Michigan. He was a professor in the Political Science department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2000 to 2013. While at the University of Wisconsin, he won the Kellet Award for his career research accomplishments and the Chancellor’s Award for excellence in teaching. Goldstein was also a professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco where he was founding Director of the USF in DC program and academic director of USF’s Masters in Public Leadership program focused on veterans who want to continue their service in elective office.

Goldstein is one of the country’s premier experts on political campaigns and the use and impact of advertising. He has authored or co-authored over fifty publications -- books, refereed journal articles, or book chapters. Goldstein combines his academic training with an ear for real politics and has had extensive professional experience in a variety of media, corporate, and political settings. Goldstein is a consultant for the ABC News election night decision team. He has worked on network election night coverage in every U.S. federal election since 1988.