Richard Gunther (PhD, University of California at Berkeley), professor emeritus of political science, is the international co-coordinator of the Comparative National Elections Project and co–principal investigator of national election surveys conducted in Spain (1979, 1982, 1988, 1993 and 2004), the US (2004 and 2012), Uruguay (1994) and Bulgaria (1996). From 1989 through 2000 he served as co-chair of the Subcommittee on Southern Europe of the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council. In addition to many scholarly articles and book chapters, Gunther is author or editor of 15 books, most of them dealing with political parties, electoral behavior, the impact of the media on politics and transitions to democratic rule. He is recipient of Ohio State University’s awards for Distinguished University Service and a Distinguished Scholar. Gunther remains very active in the Comparative National Elections Project which, to date, has undertaken 44 national election surveys in 25 countries. He is the CNEP's representative on the International Political Science Association's Research Committee on Public Opinion research.