Mitsui Professor of Political Science
The Mitsui Professor of Political Science at MIT, Adam Berinsky has a B.A. from
Wesleyan University and a PhD. from the University of Michigan. He is a specialist in
the fields of political behavior and public opinion with over 25 years of experience in
survey design and analysis. For the last decade, Berinsky has been studying political
rumors and misinformation.
Berinsky is the author of Silent Voices: Public Opinion and Political Participation in
America (Princeton University Press, 2004), In Time of War: Understanding American
Public Opinion from World War II to Iraq (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and
Political Rumors: Why We Accept Misinformation and How to Fight It (Princeton
University Press 2023 ). He has also published articles in many academic journals.
Berinsky has won several scholarly awards, is the recipient of multiple grants from the
National Science Foundation, and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the
Behavioral Sciences. He is also the founding director of the MIT Political Experiments
Research Lab. In 2016, Berinsky was appointed a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial
Foundation Fellow to study how political rumors spread and how they can be
Berinsky has spoken to numerous academic, professional, and public groups about his
research, including many regional chapters of the MIT alumni association, attendees at
the Newbo Evolve Festival, various divisions at Facebook, Google, Twitter, and the
American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation. He has also briefed the Democratic
Congressional Caucus, senior State Department officials, officials at the Department of
Homeland Security, the US Department of Defense Strategic Multilayer Assessment
program and senior members of the Finnish and Swedish government about the
implications of his research for developing policy strategies to fight misinformation.