Kirby Goidel


Kirby Goidel2017-04-28T09:03:26+00:00


James Madison University, B.S.
University of Kentucky, PhD


Kirby Goidel is Director of the Public Policy Research Institute and Professor and Fellow in the Department of Communication. Previously, he was the Scripps Howard Professor of Mass Communication and a professor in the Department of Political Science at Louisiana State University where he also served as director of the Public Policy Research Lab. While at LSU, Dr. Goidel was recognized as a “rainmaker” for his contributions to the university and was awarded a Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award for his work in creating the LSU in DC program. In addition, he served a guest host on the statewide public affairs program “Louisiana Public Square,” a blogger for Patchwork Nation, and as an expert source for state, local, and national media. He also taught at Indiana State University, where he served as the Chair of the Department of Political Science and wrote a regular column for the local newspaper (Terre Haute Tribune Star), and at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Dr. Goidel is the author or co-author of three books: America’s Failing Experiment: How We The People Have Become the Problem (2014), The States of Campaign Finance Reform (2003), and Money Matters: Consequences of Campaign Reform in U.S. House Elections (1999). In addition, he edited and contributed to Political Polling in a Digital Age: The Challenge of Measuring and Understanding Public Opinion (2011) and has published articles in wide range of peer reviewed journals including Public Opinion Quarterly, the Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, and Social Science Quarterly. He is currently the co-editor of Survey Practice (w Kumar Rao from Nielsen Media), a journal sponsored by the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).