Daniel A. Cox 

Director | @dcoxpolls

Daniel Cox is the Director of the Survey Center on American Life and a research fellow in polling and public opinion at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he specializes in survey research, politics, youth culture and identity, and religion. Before joining AEI, he was the research director at PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute), which he cofounded and where he led the organization’s qualitative and quantitative research program. He is also the coauthor of numerous academic book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers on topics relating to religious polarization, anti-Muslim attitudes in the US, religious tolerance of atheists, and new methods for measuring social class and religious belief.  Read more.

Jacqueline Clemence

Research Associate

Jacqueline Clemence is a research associate for Politics and Public Opinion Studies at the Survey Center on American Life at the American Enterprise Institute. She works with AEI fellow Daniel A. Cox, senior fellow Karlyn Bowman, and visiting scholar Samuel J. Abrams compiling and analyzing polls on a variety of contemporary political and social issues. Before coming to AEI, Jacqueline worked at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office on child abuse and sexual assault prosecution, as well as working with children who escaped human trafficking in Detroit. She graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a degree in Political Science and minor in Community Action and Social Change. 

Samantha Goldstein

Research Assistant | @samgold_polls

Samantha Goldstein is a research assistant for Politics and Public Opinion Studies at the Survey Center on American Life at the American Enterprise Institute. She works with AEI fellow Daniel A. Cox, senior fellow Karlyn Bowman, and visiting fellow Sean Trende compiling and analyzing polls on a variety of contemporary political and social issues. Before coming to AEI, Samantha was an instructional aide in the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor School of Information and a research assistant at the Institute for Social Research’s Center for Political Studies. She graduated with high honors in Political Science and Applied Statistics from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in May 2020. 

Abigail Guidera

Program Manager of Domestic Policy Studies

Abigail Guidera is the Program Manager for Domestic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Her tenure at AEI began in 2017 on the Development team, after which she worked as an assistant in AEI’s executive office. She was a member of the 2019 cohort of Public Policy Fellows at the Fund for American Studies, where she spent a year engaging with curriculum focused on the experiment in self-government. She holds a BA in History and Political Science from Wheaton College (IL). 

Julia Faulkner

Communications Assistant for Domestic Policy Studies | @jfaulkner_aei

Julia Faulkner is the communications assistant for Domestic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. She works with the department’s research teams on branding and promotional priorities. Julia joined AEI following a six-month internship in agile marketing strategy and a year studying the intersection of religion, culture, and political stewardship. She has a background in news media and cultural studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a BA in Business Journalism and Hispanic Linguistics. 

Recent Commentary

Daniel A. Cox
November 19, 2020

The 2020 election was a perfect example of the weaknesses — and strengths — of political polls

For those of us interested in understanding the world, polling offers an incredibly useful and cost-effective tool. It’s critical that we get it right.

Daniel A. Cox, Brent Orrell
October 26, 2020

What’s going on with Republican women?

It is easy to discount QAnon—but the reality is it is quickly emerging from the shadows into a full-blown political movement that periodically receives the passive, and at times, active support of the president of the United States.

Daniel A. Cox
October 25, 2020

Biden’s ‘seize the center’ campaign strategy may just deliver him the White House

If Biden is able to capitalize on the current set of circumstances presented by an unpopular incumbent, he may show the efficacy of persuasion-based tactics simply by demonstrating that there are more persuadable voters than many of us think.

Daniel A. Cox, Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
September 17, 2020

More and more Americans aren’t religious. Why are Democrats ignoring these voters?

Often lost in this, though, is the fact that Democrats are mostly ignoring a massive group of voters who are becoming an increasingly crucial part of their base: people who don’t have any religion at all.