Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York  


Costas Panagopoulos, Ph.D.
Costas Panagopoulos
Dr. Costas Panagopoulos is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy and the graduate program in Elections and Campaign Management at Fordham University. He is also research associate at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in 2006. Dr. Panagopoulos previously founded and directed the Master’s Program in Political Campaign Management in the Department of Politics at New York University. Dr. Panagopoulos, a leading expert on campaigns and elections, voting behavior, public opinion, and campaign finance, was part of the Decision Desk team at NBC News during the 2006 election cycle. A former candidate for the Massachusetts State Legislature in 1992, Dr. Panagopoulos also offers courses on campaign management and strategy, message development, and political communication.

Dr. Panagopoulos was selected by the American Political Science Association as a Congressional Fellow during 2004-2005, and he served in the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). He has also been a Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute for Politics, the Internet and Democracy at the Graduate School for Political Management at George Washington University and is a Research Fellow at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, both in Washington, DC.

Previously, Panagopoulos was Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University and Scholar-in-Residence in the Department of Government at American University. Panagopoulos has taught in the Political Science departments at New York University, Fordham University, New School University, SUNY, Yeshiva University, and Pace University.

Panagopoulos is President/CEO of XVOTES, a New York-based political strategy firm. He was elected President of the American Association of Political Consultants’ Mid-Atlantic chapter in 2003. He has also developed expertise in international political consulting and has worked as a consultant in the Electoral Assistance Division at the United Nations. Previously, Dr. Panagopoulos developed professional specializations in the marketing, media and public relations industries. He worked for top domestic and international clients—including the United Nations Association—as a member of the Public Affairs and Crisis Management units at Burson-Marsteller, the world’s largest public relations firm. He then joined Adweek magazine as Features Editor to analyze the political advertising of the 1996 presidential campaign. He subsequently held positions at Hearst, Conde Nast, and Miramax where he developed additional expertise in marketing.

A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, and the son of immigrants from Greece, Dr. Panagopoulos received his undergraduate degree in Government, magna cum laude, from Harvard University. He earned his doctoral degree in Politics from New York University. Panagopoulos has authored several scholarly works that have published in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, Public Opinion Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, Women & Politics, the Journal of Political Marketing, and Social Science Computer Review. He is Contributing Editor to Campaigns & Elections magazine and Senior Editor of the Journal of Political Marketing. He has provided extensive political analysis and commentary for various print and broadcast media outlets including: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, New York Sun, Guardian, Village Voice, Newsday, CNN, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Inside Edition, BusinessWeek TV, Fox News and BBC Television.

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