Gordon S. Black, Ph.D. Biography
Gordon S. Black is the retired founder and Chairman of Harris Interactive, which was when he retired in 2005 the fastest growing market research firm in the world, and highly profitable. Harris Interactive owns the Harris Poll, which Dr. Black supervised and which polled for many national media companies including NBC News, Newsday, USATODAY, Businessweek, the Wall Street Journal and more than 30 other national and regional publications. Dr Black received awards For his role in making Harris Interactive into the pioneering Internet company in the market research industry, including “Research Executive of the Year in 2000” (Research Business Report), a” Demographic Diamond” by American Demographics Magazine, and “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Earnest and Young.
Prior to creating the Gordon S. Black Corporation, Dr. Black was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester, where he taught from 1968 to 1978, full time, and until 1981, part-time. He was a Social Science Research Council Award winner in 1968 and a Ford Foundation Fellow in 1970. His curriculum vita includes some 30 articles written for professional journals.
Dr. Black received his BA in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis in 1964, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University in 1970.