Joel David Bloom is Research Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, and also serves as Associate Director of UAlbany’s Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness with a focus on survey research. In the latter role, Bloom designs, conducts and analyzes assessment surveys of UAlbany students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni on a wide variety of topics from academics to student activities. With UAlbany’s Jose Cruz, Bloom co-directed the NYLARNet Northeastern Latino Voting Survey in 2008.
Bloom has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan (2001), with a major in United States Politics and minors in Comparative Politics and Political Methodology. Prior to his arrival at UAlbany in 2006, Bloom served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon and Willamette University. Bloom also served as Senior Research Associate at Northwest Survey and Data Services, following the completion of a three-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Oregon Survey Research Laboratory at the University of Oregon. During that fellowship, Bloom directed a number of surveys, including the 2004 Oregon telephone survey for the "National Election Pool," the national media consortium that conducted the network exit polls.
Bloom’s research primarily focuses on survey research methodology, including survey response rates, weighting and accuracy. Other topics on which he has published or presented research include media and politics, with a focus on blogs and new media; racism and American political psychology; and partisanship and elections.