Pew Research Center Appoints First Director of International Survey Research, Director of Development

Mar 07, 2011, 12:01 ET from Pew Research Center

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pew Research Center today announced that it has hired James Bell as its first director of international survey research and Matt Farrey as its first director of development.

Both will fill newly created positions at Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan "fact tank" based in Washington, DC, as it expands its research on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world.

Bell worked at the State Department for nearly a decade, most recently serving as director of opinion research. In this position, he briefed senior policymakers at the White House and across the executive branch, as well as Congress and other constituent audiences. As the U.S. government's leading expert on foreign public opinion research, Bell oversaw both mass and elite surveys around the globe on a variety of topics. His experience spans both developed and developing countries and includes work in challenging environments, such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

Farrey has extensive experience as a development professional and nonprofit manager for universities and nonpartisan public interest groups. He was most recently the director of corporate and foundation relations at American University. He also was the director of corporate, foundation and government relations at Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass.  Farrey has served as the deputy director of the Alliance for Better Campaigns, a Washington, DC-based public interest group, and he was program manager for election services at the League of Women Voters Education Fund.

"We're excited to have Jim and Matt on board as the Pew Research Center expands its research portfolio," Pew Research President Andrew Kohut said. "Their experience and knowledge will aid the Pew Research Center in its mission to provide the press, policymakers and citizens – in the United States and abroad – an objective, data-driven approach to understanding the trends shaping an increasingly interconnected world."

The Pew Research Center has conducted multinational polling on global issues since 2001 through its Pew Global Attitudes Project. These surveys have explored such topics as America's image in the world; Muslim public opinion; the rise of China as a world power; social and political values; and trends in technology use. More recently, through its Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, the Center launched the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project, which uses demographic research and public opinion polling to shed light on worldwide religious trends. The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan, nonadvocacy organization and does not take positions on issues. The Center is an independently operated subsidiary of the Pew Charitable Trusts. For more about the Pew Research Center visit

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