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About the SLU Poll Team

Director: Dr. Steven Rogers

Dr. Steven Rogers, associate professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences, is the Director of the SLU/YouGov Poll. Rogers received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in Politics. Rogers’s research focuses on elections, particularly at the state level. His in-progress book manuscript addressed the question of “Do elections hold state legislators accountable for their own performance?” Rogers’s research has appeared in top disciplinary journals such as the American Political Science Review and the American Journal of Political Science. Prior to joining Saint Louis University, Rogers was a post-doctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University, where he contributed to the Vanderbilt Poll. 

Associate Director: Dr. Kenneth Warren

Dr. Ken Warren received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has over 30 years of professional polling experience. Warren is the author of several publications in the area of electoral behavior and public opinion research, including In Defense of Public Opinion Polling (Westview, 2001) and Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior, Vols 1 and 2 (Sage, 2008), as General Editor and contributor, and "Public Opinion Polls" (Wiley StatRef, 2014), among others.

Associate Director: Dr. Evan Rhinesmith

Dr. Evan Rhinesmith earned his Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas and uses survey findings in his research to shape and inform education policy. His research focuses on educational policies intended to improve access and opportunities for students and community-engaged research. His current research focuses on postsecondary access, career and technical education, testing policies, and meta-analysis. His published works includes chapters of several books, technical reports, and peer reviewed articles. He also regularly writes policy briefs and blog posts on education policy and practice in Missouri for the PRiME Center.

Executive Sponsor: Dr. Gary Ritter

Dr. Gary W. Ritter is a professor and dean of the School of Education at Saint Louis University. Since taking the role as dean in 2018, Ritter has focused on growing programs that are evidence-based, academically rigorous, and of direct service the St. Louis region. Ritter was a faculty member in education policy at the University of Arkansas from 2000-18. He has published over 100 articles, books, book chapters, and working papers on topics related to teacher quality, teacher evaluation, postsecondary access for low-income students, and the implementation and evaluation of programs aimed at improving educational outcomes for low-income students.