Erik C. Nisbet (Ph.D., Cornell) is the Owen L. Coon Endowed Professor of Policy Analysis & Communication and director of the Center for Communication & Public Policy in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. His research lies at the intersection of strategic communication, public opinion, and public policy in the areas of science, technology, and environmental policy, governance and elections, and international security. Prior to academia, he worked in the market research and strategic marketing profession for seven years. His last industry position was as national marketing manager for the Cintas Corporation (CTAS), an S&P 500 services firm, where he managed strategic marketing and branding programs. His academic research has been supported by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Facebook, and the U.S. Department of State.