Molly O’Rourke, Adjunct Faculty
Molly O’Rourke, MA, is a partner at Hart Research and has been with the company for more than 12 years. She directs research projects for a variety of issue advocacy and nonprofit organizations, corporations, political candidates and parties, and media outlets, including NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Children’s Defense Fund, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Before joining Hart Research, Molly worked as an aide to Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), as an assistant to the president of EMILY’s List, the women’s political action committee, and also as an analyst for the Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute. For several years, she co-wrote a monthly column about politics and public opinion titled “Behind The Numbers” for The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper.
Molly graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Brown University and holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded a Kellogg Foundation Fellowship. She and her husband have two children.
She teaches Polling for Strategic Communication.