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Crossley Center

About Our Center

In 2012, Helen Crossley provided a $1 million gift to establish the Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research and promote continued advancement of the field.  The center honors the legacy of both Helen and her father, Archibald Crossley, public research pioneers.  Floyd Ciruli, a Denver-based pollster and political analyst, came on in 2013 as Professor and Director of the center.

Helen Crossley received her Master's degree in the social sciences from the University of Denver in 1948.  She went on to become a founding member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).  Later, she served as the first woman president of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR).

Archibald Crossley (1886-1985) pioneered public opinion polling – first as a way of determining the preferences of radio audiences and later to predict presidential elections.  He devoted his career to helping establish standards and practices for the fledging field.

Helen Crossley's gift also funds Crossley Scholars fellowships to assist graduate students pursuing careers in public opinion research.

Read the Crossley Center Fall 2015 newsletter.