Gary Orren

V.O. Key, Jr. Professor of Politics and Leadership
Harvard Kennedy School
Office Address
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Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 36
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact
Phone: 617-495-1158
Fax: 617-496-5960
Email: gary_orren@Harvard.Edu
Assistant
Jessica McClanahan (617-495-8763)
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Profile

Gary Orren, the V.O. Key, Jr. Professor of Politics and Leadership, teaches and writes on public opinion, politics, and persuasion. He has worked in the United States and abroad as a pollster and strategist for candidates, interest groups, government agencies, corporations, and news organizations, including the Washington Post and New York Times, where he took a leading roll in creating The New York Times/CBS News Poll. He helped draft the rules for the presidential nomination process and has assisted ABC News in its election night forecasting. He worked at the youth corps program City Year as a team leader and director of national policy and planning. His books include Equality in America: The View from the Top; Media and Momentum: The New Hampshire Primary and Nomination Politics; The Electronic Commonwealth: The Impact of New Media Technologies on Democratic Politics; and Media Polls in American Politics. He received his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin and his PhD from Harvard. String instruments are his thing: playing some (violin, guitar) and playing with others (a tennis racket).

Courses

January

  • MLD-342 Persuasion: The Science and Art of Effective Influence

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