Michael Kulisheck, PhD


Michael Kulisheck is the senior vice president of research & methodology at Benenson Strategy Group. He has nearly two decades experience designing creative research projects for clients across industries and politics in the U.S. and around the world. At BSG, Mike is responsible for the development and ongoing management and execution of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and data collection strategies. 

Working closely with BSG partners and analysts at every step, Mike’s approach to research is based on listening to clients, learning about their objectives, and proposing the right methodologies for realizing their goals. He integrates innovative new methods with traditional research methodologies to maximize insights and strategy for BSG clients. 

Mike’s recognized expertise is designing research methodologies that distinguish between straightforward survey research that is descriptive and serves as a snapshot in time, and strategic research that promotes message development to move consumers, voters, and public opinion.

As a market researcher and pollster, Mike has helped corporate clients expand their market share.  He’s worked with advocacy groups to organize and make a difference on tough issues. Mike directed Battleground state polling for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, as well as key primary state polling for Obama in 2008. And he’s designed and implemented successful polling plans in races for U.S. Senate, Governor, state legislature, local offices and in referenda campaigns across the country. 

Mike earned a Ph.D. in Political Science and has published articles on elections and legislatures in Latin America and the United States. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Venezuela and is fluent in Spanish.  

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