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Director, Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling; Ph.D., political science, Rutgers University; M.A., political science, Columbia University; B.A., government and music, Franklin & Marshall College.

Ashley Koning has a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University, with concentrations in American politics, women and politics, and methodology. Her research interests are in American public opinion and mass behavior with a focus on framing. Additionally, she is a lecturer for the political science department at Rutgers.

Koning has co-authored book chapters on public opinion during and after Superstorm Sandy and its implications for NJ Gov. Chris Christie in a new Rutgers University Press book, Taking Chances: The Coast after Hurricane Sandy, edited by Karen M. O'Neill and Daniel J. Van Abs, as well as co-authored a chapter analyzing Governor Christie's leadership and legacy in The American Governor: Power, Constraint, and Leadership in The States, edited by David P. Redlawsk.  

Koning was awarded the 2015 John Tarnai Memorial Scholarship by the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations and has been the recipient of the 2012 American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Student Travel Award, the first ever AAPOR Student Poster Award (2015), and the 2016 AAPOR Burns "Bud" Roper Fellow Award. She serves on the council of both the New York and Pennsylvania/New Jersey chapters of AAPOR. Prior to Rutgers, Koning obtained a master's in political science from Columbia University and a BA in government and music from Franklin & Marshall College.