Michael Kulisheck, PhD


​Mike Kulisheck is Senior Vice President of Research & Methodology at Benenson Strategy Group. He has over two decades experience designing and implementing innovative research for corporate and political clients in the U.S. and around the world.  

As the senior research consultant at BSG, Mike advises clients on public opinion research strategies. He works with them to find the appropriate methodologies for their projects, focusing on research design and questionnaire development, sampling and data collection, as well as analysis and presentation.  

Mike designs creative research projects to uncover not just what people think, but also how and why they think and believe what they do. Using multi-modal and hybrid methodologies, he helps clients find the words, phrases, and messages to move people, change thinking, and influence behavior. 

​Mike directed polling in battleground states for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, as well as strategic polling in key 2008 primaries. He has polled for campaigns in races for U.S. Senate, Governor, state and local offices, and referenda. He has also directed market research for corporate clients across issues and industries. Mike provided strategic consulting for political clients in Argentina, Mexico, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, Tanzania, and Ukraine.

​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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