Rich Clark

Professor, Political Science Program Coordinator

(802) 468-1306
Leavenworth Hall
Room 108
6 Alumni Drive


Rich Clark joined the Castleton faculty as Associate Professor of Political Science in 2011. He was the founding Director of the Polling Institute at Castleton University.

Dr. Clark is the current coordinator of the Political Science major. He teaches American Politics and Government, Campaigns and Elections, Congress and the Presidency, Research Methods, and other courses in Political Science. His approach to teaching has two goals: to encourage students to engage in politics and government with civic mindedness and to approach the study of politics with empirical methods and open-minded curiosity.

Dr. Clark started his career teaching classes at the University of Connecticut, where he served as the interim director of the Masters of Survey Research program in 2000-01. He is an active member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research, having served as president of the Southern chapter (2007-08) of that organization.

Prior to coming to Castleton, Dr. Clark had run the Survey Research and Evaluation Unit at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Government for 10 years. In Georgia, he also founded and ran the Peach State Poll, a state-wide quarterly public opinion poll on policy and economic issues in Georgia. Throughout his career, Dr. Clark has conducted well over a hundred surveys in almost every conceivable mode, including telephone, face-to-face, mail, web, intercept, exit polls, and self-administered paper surveys in business locations. He has expertise in focus groups, sampling methodology, survey development, data weighting, and data analysis.


Ph.D., University of Connecticut


  • Research Associate at the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research (1996-99), the world's largest public opinion data archive
  • Formerly served as interim-director of the Masters of Survey Research Program at the University of Connecticut (2000-01)
  • Founded the Peach State Poll (2001), a quarterly public opinion survey in the state of Georgia
  • Founding Director of the Castleton Polling Institute (2012)