• Michael D. Cohen, Ph.D.

  • Leadership

    Bringing an entrepreneurial mindset to research, education, and technology

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    Cohen Research Group

    Founder and CEO

    December 2004 – Present

    CRG is an innovative research and technology firm based in the Washington, D.C. area. serving political, public affairs, and commercial clients. We offer best-in-class data-driven research, industry-leading data analytics, and mobile app development to help clients understand their audiences and effectively communicate with them to drive results.

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    Congress in Your Pocket

    Founder and Publisher

    Jun 2008 – Present

    Congress In Your Pocket is the leading mobile applications developer focused on offering vital information on members of Congress and other legislatures for citizens, activists, party officials, political professionals, government employees, government affairs shops, corporations, and lobbyists. We were first-to-market as a web app for Congress on the first iPhone and the first public affairs offering on the App Store when it launched in 2008. We develop and support U.K. and E.U. apps for both parliaments in partnership with Dods Parliamentary Communications in London..

  • Modern Political Campaigns

    Available now, my first book about how campaigns are organized, the state-of-the-art tools of the trade, and how some of the most interesting people in politics got their big breaks.


    Interviews include Biden pollster Celinda Lake, Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio, premier Democratic ad man Mark Putnam, Rubio campaign manager Terry Sullivan, top Democratic grassroots organizer Sean Gagen, award-winning Republican general consultant Rory McShane, leading Democrat opposition researcher Erik Milman, and more.


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    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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  • Media

    Dr. Cohen has been interviewed by various media including The New York Times, Washington Post, CBS News, CNN, and Fox News. Here is a sampling of recent interviews and appearances.

    Meet the Press

    The Chuck ToddCast

    Dr. Cohen spends a half hour with fellow self-described "campaign nerd" MTP Moderator Chuck Todd on how we got here and the future of modern elections. (Apple | Spotify)

    SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S.

    The Trendline

    Dr. Cohen joins fellow pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson in a wide-ranging discussion about how professionalism, technology, and speed have supercharged political campaigns. (Link)

    Washington Post


    Dr. Cohen highlighted his innovative research with George Washington University on how Twitter hashtags are supporting real-world political movements. (Link)

    ABC News

    Future of the GOP

    Dr. Cohen evaluates how Trump's standing with the Republican Party and how he could influence the 2022 midterm elections and return for a rematch with Joe Biden in 2024. (Link)

    Vice News

    Fake Polls

    Dr. Cohen breaks down how both parties use fake surveys to bait-and-switch supporters by asking for their opinions but use the interaction to ask for campaign money. (Link)

    Tech Target

    2020 Presidential Campaign

    Dr. Cohen examines what the polling industry learned in 2016 and what challenges remain in estimating presidential campaign results on Election Day in 2020. (Link)

  • mobile applications

    Congress in Your Pocket launched as the first public affairs app on the App Store, opening the doors of Capitol Hill to everyone. Now offering apps the UK and EU Parliaments partnering with Dods Political Intelligence. All are available on the App Store and Google Play.

  • Apple Watch faces

    Mini-tech project to celebrate my projects, affiliations, and interests. Tap or click on a screenshot below. Tap on the Share button in the top right corner of your iPhone. Select the share to Watch icon and then tap on "Add My Faces" to add it onto your Apple Watch.

    Apple Watch Face ESPN GameDay Built by The Home Depot

    The very best Saturdays must begin with ESPN College GameDay

    University of Florida Apple Watch Face Beat Everyone

    Go Gators! Beat Everyone!

    (UF Alumni Association)

    University of Florida Apple Watch Face

    Beat All 2020 Gator Football Opponents (UF Alumni Association)

    University of Florida Apple Watch Face Kadarius Toney

    Kadarius Toney scores vs. Mizzou in the Swamp on November 7, 2020 (AP)

    Modern Political Campaigns I Voted Watch Face

    "I Voted" sticker (Unofficial logo of Modern Political Campaigns)

    The Black Keys Brothers Apple Watch Face

    Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of "Brothers" by The Black Keys

    JHU Apple Watch Face

    I teach graduate courses in research methods and political campaigns at Johns Hopkins University

    Congress in Your Pocket Apple Watch Face

    Open Congress in Your Pocket on your Apple Watch from the included complication

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