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 joining Goodwin Simon Strategic Research in 2014, Dr. Whaley was a Vice President at Peter D. Hart Research Associates in Washington, D.C., where his clients included the DSCC, the Center for American Progress, SEIU, the Irvine and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, and the University of California. Dr. Whaley was also 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, Dr. Whaley served as the overall project director and led research efforts for AARP on health care reform, for the Open Society Institute on privacy issues, and for the Ford Foundation on racial and economic justice.

Dr. Whaley received 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. A native Californian, Dr. Whaley received his B.A. in political science from UC Berkeley in 1989.