Clay Ramsay

Senior Research Associate

Clay Ramsay is a senior research associate at CISSM and a practitioner in the study of U.S. and international public opinion on global problems and domestic policy. He is best known for his long-time role as research director for the Program on International Policy Attitudes (now the Program for Public Consultation) at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. One of the founders of the program in 1994, he supervised content, execution, and reporting of over 271 survey modules, managed the work of 3-6 junior staff, and wrote most text of final reports.  

Among other projects, he steered collaboration with the World Bank on a 15-nation survey on attitudes toward climate change, the first to specifically target developing countries; worked on a 27-country survey for the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and managed a two-wave survey of seven Muslim countries on attitudes toward terrorism, U.S. military presence, and the West in general, for the START research consortium sponsored by Dept. of Homeland Security, organizing question input from eight other researchers.

In 2017 he has worked on CISSM’s extensive study of Iranian public opinion before and after its presidential election, and on a survey of Americans regarding the House of Representatives bill, the American Health Care Act.

Recent publications include “Public Opinion and Evidence-Based Counterinsurgency” (in Evidence-Based Counterterrorism Policy, Lum and Kennedy eds., Springer 2012), "The Iraq War and U.S. Public Opinion” (in Balance Sheet: The Iraq War and U.S. National Security, Duffield and Dombrowski eds., Stanford 2009), and, with Steven Kull and Evan Lewis, “The Media, Misperceptions, and the Iraq War” (Political Science Quarterly, winter 2004).

Ramsay was trained initially as an historian and holds a Ph.D. in modern European history from Stanford University. His historical publications include The Ideology of the Great Fear: the Soissonnais in 1789 (Johns Hopkins, 1992).