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Huffmon, Scott


Dr. Scott H. Huffmon

Executive Director, Center for Public Opinion & Policy Research

 Dr. Scott Huffmon has more than a quarter century of experience in the field of survey research and is the founder and Director of the Center for Public Opinion & Policy Research at Winthrop University as well as Professor of political science. In this capacity, he oversees every aspect of Center projects including questionnaire construction, programming of all surveying software including the CATI system, determining sampling frames, establishing appropriate survey methodology, overseeing interviewer training and supervision, establishing protocols for data collection, and conducting data analysis. In reference to this last duty, Huffmon's secondary field for his Ph.D was quantitative methodology. Additional quantitative training came as a Summer Program Scholar at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan where his studies focused on maximum likelihood analysis and scaling and dimensional analysis. Several of his quantitatively-oriented publications utilize survey data collected by the Center.


 McMillan, Leah

 Leah McMillan

 Operations Manager, Center for Public Opinion & Policy Research

 Leah McMillan is a Winthrop Alumna with a BA in History and a Master of Liberal Arts with a concentration in Political and Civic Engagement. Leah oversees temporary Ambassador personnel, assists in the training of new callers, programs Winthrop Poll surveys, and collaborates with external clients.


Chicas, Stephanie 

 Stephanie Chicas 

Field Coordinator, Center for Public Opinion & Policy Research

Originally from New Jersey, Stephanie attended Sacramento State and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. She enjoys traveling, cooking up new recipes, yoga & meditation and hikes with her Boston terrier and boxador. Stephanie oversees the administration of Spanish surveys and manages our workforce of spanish language interviewers. 


Robinson, Breonica



Breonica Robinson

Field Supervisor, Center for Public Opinion & Policy Research

  Breonica is a recent graduate of Winthrop University with a BA in Sociology. She loves puppies, vanilla iced coffee, traveling, and fresh fruit. Breonica oversees student hiring and personnel matters for the CPOPR and assists in the training of new interviewers.





Mascot, Center for Public Opinion & Policy Research

BRFISH is the mascot and friend to all in the CPOPR. He enjoys looking at himself in the mirror and hiding behind plants. He hopes to one day be able to leap out of the water and through a hoop to retrieve his dinner.


Last Updated: 5/13/20