Robert Y. Shapiro is a professor and former chair of the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, and he served as acting director of Columbia’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) during 2008–2009. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received a Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award in 2012 and in 2010 the Outstanding Achievement Award of the New York Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (NYAAPOR).

Shapiro specializes in American politics with research and teaching interests in public opinion, policymaking, political leadership, the mass media, and applications of statistical methods. He has taught at Columbia since 1982 after receiving his degree and serving as a study director at the National Opinion Research Center (University of Chicago).

He is co-author of The Rational Public: Fifty Years of Trends in Americans' Policy Preferences, with Benjamin Page (University of Chicago Press, 1992) and Politicians Don't Pander: Political Manipulation and the Loss of Democratic Responsiveness, with Lawrence Jacobs (University of Chicago Press, 2000). His most recent books are The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media, edited with Lawrence R. Jacobs (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Selling Fear: Counterterrorism, the Media, and Public Opinion, with Brigittte L. Nacos and Yaeli Bloch-Elkon (University of Chicago Press, 2011). He is also coauthor or coeditor of several other books and has published numerous articles in major academic journals.

Shapiro served for many years as editor of Public Opinion Quarterly’s "The Polls–Trends" section, and is currently chair of the journal’s Advisory Committee. He also serves on the editorial boards of Political Science Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Critical Review, and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. He has been President of NYAAPOR and Councilor-at-Large in national AAPOR.

His current research examines partisan polarization and ideological politics in the United States, as well as other topics concerned with public opinion and policymaking.

Research & Publications

October 2017|Oxford Handbook of American Political Development|Robert Shapiro
October 2017|Westview Press|Robert Shapiro, Carroll J. Glynn, Susan Herbst, Mark Lindeman, Garrett J. O'Keefe
February 2017|Electoral Studies|Robert Shapiro, Viviana Rivera-Burgos, Narayani Lasala-Blanco
December 2016|Columbia College Today|Robert Shapiro
June 2016|Munhwa Ilbo|Robert Shapiro, James Kim

Joint US-Korea Expert Analysis on the US Presidential Election Series (미대선 한미전문가 공동분석)

Series articles included:

  • "Trump, Who Supports Him and Why?" (트럼프 누가 지지하는가?)  2016-07-18 
  • “Clinton’s Challenge” (클린턴이 넘어야 장벽) Munhwa Ilbo. 2016-07-25 
  • “An Upset with Six Weeks Left Till the Election?” (대선 6주전, 막판 뒤집기 가능한가?) 2016-09-26 
  • “The Trump Risk” (트럼프 리스크)  2016-10-06
  • “Decisive Votes in the Hands of Youth Generation” (캐스팅보트 젊은세대) 016-10-12
  • “Still an Unpredictable Game” (여전히 없는 승부) 2016-10-19
  • Last Minute Variables and Early Voting” (선거막판변수와 조기 투표) 2016-11-02 
  • “US Election Neck and Neck…. Korea-US Experts Dialogue” (초박빙 미대선 한미 전문가 대담 ) 2016-11-9
  • “How was Trump Upset Possible?” (트럼프 역전은 어떻게 가능했나?) 2016-11-22
November 2001|Social Capital and Poor Communities|Ester R. Fuchs, Robert Shapiro, Lorraine Minnite

This collection of papers shows the significant achievements that can be made through collective strategies that empower the poor to become active partners in revitalizing their neighborhoods. The 12 chapters are: (1) "The Role of Social Capital in Combating Poverty" (Mark R. Warren, J. Phillip Thompson, and Susan Saegert); (2) "Social Capital and the Culture of Power: Lessons from the Field" (M. Lisette Lopez and Carol B. Stack); (3) "Social Capital in America's Poor Rural Communities" (Cynthia M. Duncan); (4) "Crime and Public Safety: Insights from Community-Level Perspectives on Social Capital" (Robert J. Sampson); (5) "Making Social Capital Work: Social Capital and Community Economic Development" (Ross Gittell and J. Phillip Thompson); (6) "Housing, Social Capital, and Poor Communities" (Langley C. Keyes); (7) "Social Capital, Poverty, and Community Health: An Exploration of Linkages" (Sherman A. James, Amy J. Schulz, and Juliana van Olphen); (8) "Transforming Urban Schools through Investments in the Social Capital of Parents" (Pedro A. Noguera); (9) "Social Capital, Religious Institutions, and Poor Communities" (Michael W. Foley, John D. McCarthy, and Mark Chaves); (10) "Capitalizing on Labor's Capital" (Margaret Levi); (11) "Social Capital, Intervening Institutions, and Political Power"; and (12) "Social Capital, Political Participation, and the Urban Community" (Ester R. Fuchs, Robert Y. Shapiro, and Lorraine C. Minnite).

November 1998|U.S. Department of Justice|Ester R. Fuchs, Robert Shapiro, Peter Messeri

Implementation of National Voter Registration Act in NYS Social Services Offices

January 1997|B-C Center for Urban Policy/Hispanic Education and Legal Fund Opinion Research Project|Ester R. Fuchs, Robert Shapiro, Lorraine Minnite

Political Participation and Political Representation in New York City with a Special Focus on Latino New Yorkers