Photo and Biography for Ben Dworkin, Director
Dr. Benjamin Dworkin serves as the Director of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics and adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rider University. He began at this position in July 2008, following the passing of the Institute’s founder, Dr. David Rebovich (1949-2007).
As Director, Dr. Dworkin oversees the Institute’s day-to-day operations, organizes a wide array of civic 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 and radio stations, as well as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times.
In 2016, Dr. Dworkin was named one of the 100 most powerful unelected people in New Jersey politics.
In his position, he brings together experience in academia, public relations, government, political parties and campaigns. When announcing his appointment, Rider University praised Dr. Dworkin’s “combination of political savvy, media knowledge and student-centered focus.”
Dr. Dworkin earned his Ph.D. in political science at Rutgers University, where he taught courses in “Political Campaigning” and “New Jersey Politics.” At Rider, he continues to teach “New Jersey Politics,” along with “Interest Groups and Lobbying,” “Urban Politics” and several Honors courses to undergraduates. In addition, he has presented his research and analysis at academic conferences across the country.
Prior to academia, Dr. Dworkin spent several years in the private sector. He served as President & CEO of Dworkin Strategic Communications, and before then, as a 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 and crisis management.
Before his work in New York, Dr. 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, 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.
Dr. Dworkin has also worked as Legislative Aide to the late state Senator Matthew Feldman, past president of the State Senate and longtime chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee. His primary responsibilities were speechwriting, constituent relations, and legislative monitoring.
Through much of his early career, Dr. 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, Dr. 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 Dr. Dworkin on the DVD of the Oscar-winning film, Life is Beautiful.
Dr. Dworkin is a graduate of Princeton University and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University.
He lives with his wife and three daughters in East Brunswick, N,J.