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Dr. Zsolt Nyiri is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Law at Montclair State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Montclair State, he was the Director of the Gallup World Poll in Europe and the Director of Transatlantic Trends at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Before that, he was a lecturer at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Dr. Nyiri is a political scientist and polling expert who has been responsible for the design, implementation, supervision, and analysis of surveys in more than thirty European countries and the United States. His current research focuses on European politics, quantitative methods, public diplomacy, transatlantic security, immigration and integration, and the relationship between public opinion and public policy making.

He is recognized for developing innovative scientific methodologies for polling hard to reach Muslim populations in Europe as well as polling decision makers in the U.S. and Europe. He served as part of a five-member expert panel for the European Science Foundation's office of European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST).

In 2013, he developed the first-ever joint-classroom partnership between an American and a foreign university under the aegis of the State Department’s eDiplomacy initiative. This ground-breaking course focused on common Transatlantic challenges and the processes through which ordinary citizens can shape politics, including public opinion polls and social media.

Dr. Nyiri has published on European politics, integration, and governance in books and refereed journals including Political Research Quarterly, The World Bank Economic Review, Comparative European Politics, Harvard International Review, Rutgers University Press, Routledge, and Foreign Policy.

Research interests

European politics, public opinion, transatlantic relations, public diplomacy, Muslims in the west and research methodology.

Scholarly Interests

Comparative Politics (U.S. and Europe)
Political Behavior
Public Opinion
European Politics
Muslims in the West
Research Methodology
Transatlantic Relations
Public Diplomacy


Introduction to Politics and Comparative Politics

Faculty/Media Expert

Expert on public opinion, European politics, Muslims in the West and transatlantic relations.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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