Harry Wilson has been the Director of the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research since 1991. He has overseen the evolution of the Center for Community Research into the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research.  He wrote the expansion plan and has helped to build the IPOR team.

Wilson still retains primary responsibility for writing questionnaires, press releases, and reports, except consumer confidence polls.  He is a professor of political science at Roanoke College in addition to his work with IPOR. His area of expertise is American politics, having earned a Ph.D. from Rutgers University and a M.A. and B.A. from Penn State University.  He is the author of Guns, Gun Control, and Elections (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007) in addition to numerous journal articles and conference presentations.  He is the political analyst for WDBJ-7 TV in Roanoke.


David Taylor has been the Assistant Director for Systems Support and Analysis of IPOR since 2009. He consults on survey design and questionnaires, manages and administers the survey system, and serves as head programmer for the surveys. Taylor also works together with Harry Wilson to obtain results and perform statistical weighting and analysis of those results.

Taylor also is an assistant professor of mathematics at Roanoke. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia and has his B.S. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. In addition to various journal articles and conference presentations, Taylor is also working on a textbook on the mathematics of games and gambling.

Alice Louise Kassens is an associate professor of economics and she joined IPOR as a Senior Analyst in 2011. Her primary responsibility is the Virginia Consumer Confidence Report.  Kassens produces the survey questionnaire, analyzes the data, and prepares the related report and press releases.

Kassens' areas of expertise include labor and health economics.  She earned her Ph.D. in economics from North Carolina State University and a BA in economics and history from the College of William and Mary.  Kassens was recently a Visiting Summer Scholar in Residence at the John J. Heldrich Center at Rutgers University.  She is the author of several journal articles and conference presentations.

Amelia Glaser, IPOR Call Center Supervisor

Glaser is originally from Santa Barbara, California and a graduate of California State University at Northridge, where she majored in film production and worked in the film industry for 15 years.  She has lived in Virginia for the last 15 years and has worked as a corporate trainer. 

Glaser currently supervises 40 student and adult interviewers in the IPOR Call Center.  She enjoys working with 'students' of all ages and calling different people and places all over Virginia. "You never know who's going to pick up the phone on the other end. In this job, it's very interesting talking to people in all walks of life," she says.