John Whaley, PhD, Senior Research Director

John Whaley joined Goodwin Simon Strategic Research as Senior Research Director after serving as Vice President at Peter D. Hart Research Associates in Washington, D.C. and California. Well-versed in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, John’s diverse set of political, labor, corporate, foundation, nonprofit, and government clients include the DSCC, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Planned Parenthood, SEIU, Earthjustice, the Center for American Progress, and the University of California.

Prior to rejoining Hart Research in 2010, John spent three years as a Senior Vice President at American Environics (AE), an Oakland-based strategic research firm combining traditional polling methods with in-depth techniques in cognitive linguistics and political psychology. While at AE, John served as overall project director and played the lead analytical role on research efforts for AARP on health care reform, as well as research for the Open Society Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.

John first joined Hart Research in 2003 after receiving his doctorate in political science from American University, where he taught a course on research design and methodology for six years. His dissertation focused on corruption in Congress, a project for which he conducted in-depth interviews with more than 40 current and former Members of Congress as well as scores of other ethics experts. He continued his focus on corruption and governance issues while working for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), Transparency International, and the Center for Public Integrity. John received his B.A. in political science from UC Berkeley.