Jon Ladd

Survey Director

Jon Ladd is an associate professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy and the Department of Government at Georgetown and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He serves the Baker Center as the Survey Director for the Baker Poll, a regularly conducted national poll that measures the relationship between trust in American national institutions, political polarization, technological change and support for our basic democratic principles.

He is on the editorial boards of Political Behavior and American Politics Research, an associate editor of Research & Politics and a writer for’s political science blog Mischiefs of Faction. He mainly studies and writes about public opinion, partisan polarization and the news media. His book, Why Americans Hate the Media and How it Matters, won the Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy as well as the McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Policy Research. His articles have also appeared in political science journals such as the American Journal of Political Science,Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior and Political Psychology. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Princeton University, and he has taught at Georgetown since 2005.