Our Team

Ashley Koning
Ashley Koning Director, Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling | Assistant Research Professor

Ashley Koning

Dr. Ashley Koning is the director of The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP), the oldest statewide university-based survey research center in the country. Dr. Koning runs and is the face of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, manages a staff of over 100 undergraduate and graduate students to assist with day-to-day polling operations and studies, and oversees all client projects. She has been a part of ECPIP for the past five years and has spearheaded a large number of innovations within the Center during this time, including the Center’s internship program and omnibus survey.

Dr. Koning received her Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers, with concentrations in American politics, women and politics, and methodology. Her research interests are in American public opinion and mass behavior with a focus on framing, as well as gender and race. Additionally, she is an instructor for the political science department at Rutgers. Dr. Koning has co-authored several book chapters and papers on public opinion. Publications include a chapter in the new Rutgers University Press book, "Taking Chances: The Coast after Hurricane Sandy," edited by Karen M. O’Neill and Daniel J. Van Abs, as well as a co-authored a chapter analyzing Governor Christie’s leadership and legacy in “The American Governor: Power, Constraint, and Leadership in The States,” edited by David P. Redlawsk.

Dr. Koning was awarded the 2015 John Tarnai Memorial Scholarship by the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO) and has been the recipient of the 2012 American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Student Travel Award, the first ever AAPOR Student Poster Award (2015), and the 2016 AAPOR Burns “Bud” Roper Fellow Award. Dr. Koning serves on the council of both the New York and Pennsylvania/New Jersey chapters of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, as well as on committees for AAPOR and AASRO at the national level. Prior to Rutgers, Dr. Koning obtained a Masters in political science from Columbia University and a BA in government and music from Franklin & Marshall College.
Cliff Zukin
Cliff Zukin Senior Advisor
Debra Borie-Holtz
Debra Borie-Holtz Special Projects Manager

Debra Borie-Holtz

Special Projects Manager

Dr. Debra Borie-Holtz is the Special Projects Manager for The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. Debbie is responsible for coordinating survey research projects for ECPIP’s outside clients including non-profits, government and academic organizations. Dr. Borie-Holtz manages the project including assessing client needs, establishing a sampling plan, developing the survey instrument, ensuring quality control of data collection operations, directing the data analysis and preparing the client deliverables. She is also on the faculty at the Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. Dr. Borie-Holtz received her master’s degree in Public Affairs and Politics and her doctorate in Planning and Public Policy from the Bloustein School. She has been an instructor at Rutgers teaching writing, public policy, and method courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level since 2006.

Email: dbholtz@rutgers.edu
William Young
William Young Research Assistant

William Young

Research Assistant

Will is a graduate research assistant with the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling and is also completing his PhD in political science at Rutgers. Substantively, his work sits at the intersection of law and political behavior, with a regional focus on the Americas. Before coming to Rutgers, Will earned his M.A. from Vanderbilt University and his B.A. from Gardner-Webb University.
Mariellis Mejia
Mariellis Mejia Work-Study Student

Mariellis Mejia

Mariellis Mejia is an undergraduate student at Rutgers University. She is currently working on a double major in political science and women and gender studies with a minor in philosophy. She is part of the Douglass Residential College as well as an Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Scholar. Mejia has become part of The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) as a work-study student in the past year, mainly focusing on organizing data.