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Erik C. Nisbet

School of Communication

Owen L. Coon Professor of Policy Analysis & Communication
Director, Center for Communication & Public Policy
Faculty fellow, USC Center on Public Diplomacy
Faculty Affiliate, Paul M. Trienens Institute for Sustainability and Energy
Faculty Affiliate, Buffett Institute for Global Affairs


Areas of Focus

  • Elections and campaigns
  • Voting behavior
  • Political violence
  • Science/environmental communication
  • Misinformation/ disinformation
  • Social media
  • Political news and propaganda
  • Political persuasion
  • Political polarization



  • Election misinformation and political behavior
  • Digital media, partisan news and political violence
  • Democratic mobilization in authoritarian countries
  • Political polarization and public opinion about science, health and environmental issues
  • Public opinion about democracy and election integrity
  • Countering state-sponsored disinformation


Nisbet is the Owen L. Coon Professor of Policy Analysis & Communication and the founding director of the Center for Communication & Public Policy in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. He is a co-principal investigator of the Comparative National Elections Project (CNEP), which was awarded the "Best Dataset" in political science in 2022 by the American Political Science Association. He has led the annual CNEP U.S. election survey since 2012 and other major election survey projects in Ukraine, Serbia, Russia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Iran. His research has been supported by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the U.S. Department of State.