Photo and Biography for Ben Dworkin, Director
Ben Dworkin was named the Director of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rider University in July 2008. The Institute’s name honors its founder, the late Dr. David Rebovich (1949–2007).
As Director, Professor Dworkin oversees the Institute’s day-to-day operations, organizes programming, provides internship, academic and professional guidance to students, and has built a reputation as one of New Jersey’s most insightful political analysts. He has appeared on numerous network and cable news shows, and is frequently quoted by all of New Jersey’s major newspapers, as well as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
In his position, he brings together experience in academia, public relations, government, and political parties and campaigns. When announcing his appointment, Rider University cited Professor Dworkin’s “combination of political savvy, media knowledge and student-centered focus.”
Professor Dworkin is currently completing his Ph.D. in political science at Rutgers University, where he has taught classes in “Political Campaigning” and “New Jersey Politics." At Rider, he continues to teach “New Jersey Politics” along with “Interest Groups and Lobbying,” “Public Administration” and Honors courses to undergraduates. In addition, he has presented his research and analysis at several academic conferences across the country.
Prior to academia, Professor Dworkin spent several years in the private sector. He served as President & CEO of Dworkin Strategic Communications, and before then, as vice president at Robinson Lerer & Montgomery, a leading New York-based corporate public relations firm. His clients have included several leading Fortune 500 companies, such as WebMD, Time-Warner, Texaco, Maidenform and Hollywood Video. His primary areas were media relations, strategic communications development and crisis management.
Before his work in New York, Professor Dworkin was deputy research director for the New Jersey Assembly Minority office in Trenton. He helped oversee a staff of several other policy analysts and developed expertise in insurance, law, health care, public safety and veterans' issues. In this position, he wrote and edited legislation, policy analyses, floor speeches, talking points for use in debates and media interviews, as well as overall strategy.
Professor Dworkin has also worked as Legislative Aide to the late state Senator Matthew Feldman (D-Teaneck), chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee. He had primary responsibility for speechwriting, constituent relations, and legislative monitoring.
Through much of his career, Professor Dworkin worked on political campaigns, focusing on message development, press relations, advertising development, debate preparation and field operations.
An award-winning journalist for his work with the New Jersey Jewish Standard, New Jersey's oldest Anglo-Jewish newspaper, Professor Dworkin has also been published in local newspapers throughout the state and is recognized as a leading political observer and freelance film critic. Miramax featured Professor Dworkin on the DVD of the Oscar-winning film Life is Beautiful.
Professor Dworkin is a graduate of Princeton University and received his master's degree from Rutgers University, where he is currently pursuing his doctorate.
He lives with his wife and daughter in East Brunswick, N.J.