Dr. Harry Wilson has been Director of the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research since 1991. He has overseen the evolution and expansion of the Center for Community Research into the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research. Wilson writes questionnaires, press releases, and reports, except for consumer confidence and real estate polls. He is a professor of political science at Roanoke College. His expertise includes American political behavior and gun control. Wilson earned a Ph.D. from Rutgers University and a M.A. and B.A. from Penn State University. He is the author of The Triumph of the Gun-Rights Argument (Praeger, 2015) and Guns, Gun Control, and Elections (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.) He is the senior political analyst for WDBJ-7 TV in Roanoke.
Dr. David Taylor has been the Associate Director for Systems Support and Analysis of IPOR since 2009. He consults on survey design and questionnaires, manages and administers the survey system, and serves as head programmer for the surveys. Taylor also works with Dr. Wilson to obtain results and perform statistical weighting and analysis of those results. He is an associate professor of mathematics at Roanoke and serves as the chairperson for the Dept. of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia and a B.S. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. In addition to journal articles and conference presentations, Taylor is the author of "The Mathematics of Games: An Introduction to Probability"(CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, 2015).
Dr. Alice Louise Kassens is the John S. Shannon Professor of Economics at Roanoke College, a senior analyst with the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research, director of the Center for Economic Freedom, and a member of the Governor’s Joint Advisory Board of Economists. Kassens is a past-president of the Virginia Association of Economists. She produces the quarterly reports on consumer sentiment, inflation expectations and real estate indexes for Virginia. Kassens was awarded a Franklin Grant in 2012 from the American Philosophical Society for research on clinical depression. In 2013, Cengage Learning awarded Kassens a "Best in Class" teaching award. Kassens’ book, The Intemperance Movement: Economic Adaptation to Prohibition, will be published in the summer of 2019. Kassens holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from the College of William and Mary and a doctorate in economics from North Carolina State University. Her areas of specialty are labor and health economics.
Amelia Glaser is the IPOR Call Center Supervisor. Glaser is originally from Santa Barbara, California and a graduate of California State University at Northridge, where she majored in film production and worked in the film industry for 15 years. She has lived in Virginia for the last 15 years. Glaser currently supervises 40 student and adult interviewers in the IPOR Call Center. She enjoys working with 'students' of all ages and calling different people and places all over Virginia. "You never know who's going to pick up the phone on the other end. In this job, it's very interesting talking to people in all walks of life," she says.
Linda Sanders is the IPOR Call Center Supervisor.