SCOTT KEETER is director of survey research for the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC. He is co-author of four books, including A New Engagement? Political Participation, Civic Life, and the Changing American Citizen (Oxford University Press), The Diminishing Divide: Religion's Changing Role in American Politics, (Brookings Institution Press), What Americans Know about Politics and Why It Matters (Yale University Press), and Uninformed Choice: The Failure of the New Presidential Nominating System (Praeger). His other published research includes articles and book chapters on survey methodology, political communications and behavior, and health care topics.
Since 1980 Keeter has been an election night analyst of exit polls for NBC News. During 2001-2002, he was chair of the Standards Committee of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.
From 1998 to 2002 he was chair of the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, and previously taught at Rutgers University and Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also directed the Survey Research Laboratory from 1988-1991.
He received the B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina in 1972.
He holds a Ph.D. (1979), M.A. (1974) Political Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Scott Keeter’s talk was titled, "Old Dogs and New Tricks: The Challenges and Opportunities Facing Communications Research."