Department Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science & Director of the Survey Research Center
Telephone: (336) 841-9333
Office: Norcross 161
Martin J. Kifer joined the department in Fall 2009. He is the Director of High Point University’s new interdisciplinary Survey Research Center. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Martin graduated from Earlham College. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.
Prior to graduate school, Martin served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa and as a Legislative Assistant in the Capitol Hill office of U.S. Congressman Baron Hill. After completing his graduate coursework, he worked as an Analyst for the international and corporate team at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a political consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. His assignments included managing nationwide surveys, focus groups, and in-depth interviews in the U.S. and Eastern and Central Europe. Martin focused on education and health care policy at his most recent job as a Survey Researcher for Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
His research and teaching interests include U.S. foreign policy, political campaigns and new media, survey research methods, and American political opinion and behavior. He is currently working on a long-term project with James N. Druckman (Northwestern University) and Michael Parkin (Oberlin College) that examines how congressional candidates campaign on-line. Articles based on this research have appeared in the The American Political Science Review, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, Social Science Computer Review, and Political Communication.
Martin teaches American Politics and International Relations as well as seminars addressing social science methods, political behavior, and U.S. foreign policy. He is the director of HPU’s interdisciplinary Survey Research Center and coordinates internship placements for the department.