About the Menino Survey of Mayors

The Menino Survey of Mayors is the only nationally representative and scientifically rigorous survey of American mayors. It was created by the Boston University Initiative on Cities, an urban leadership and research center within Boston University, to reveal the priorities, challenges, perspectives and relationships of mayors across the country as they seek to build vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive communities. The Survey is named for the late Mayor Tom Menino, the Initiative’s co-founder and a transformative and renowned Mayor of Boston. 

A team of dedicated Boston University faculty and Initiative on Cities staff lead the project each year.


Katherine Levine Einstein (@katherineeinst)

Katherine Levine Einstein is an associate professor of political science at Boston University and the author, with Jennifer Hochschild, of Do Facts Matter? Information and Misinformation in Democratic Politics. Her research on local politics, American public policy, and racial/ethnic politics has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Perspectives on Politics, and the Urban Affairs Review. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. 

David M. Glick (@davidmglick)

David Glick is an associate professor of political science at Boston University. His research into topics related to the U.S. Supreme Court, public opinion, public policy, and local government has been published in journals such as: the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Political Behavior, Public Opinion Quarterly, American Politics Research, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. His work has been recognized with awards from the American Political Science Association and the Western Political Science Association. 

Maxwell Palmer (@MaxwellBPalmer)

Maxwell Palmer is an associate professor of political science at Boston University and a Junior Faculty Fellow at the Hariri Institute for Computing. His work on Congress, the judiciary, redistricting, and local political institutions has been published in journals including American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, American Politics Research, and Social Science History. 

Stacy Fox (@BUonCities)

Stacy Fox is the Associate Director of the Initiative on Cities at Boston University, where she is responsible for critical IOC operations and strategy, including leading the successful implementation of high profile research projects in partnership with internal and external stakeholders. 

Data Requests

Academics interested in working with the survey data should contact Professor Katherine Levine Einstein at kleinst@bu.edu, who will provide a copy of the Data Agreement and Instructions.

Please note that the instructions apply to a one-way transfer of Menino Survey data from Boston University to the researcher’s institution. Researchers will be asked to provide a research plan, CV, sensitive data protection plan, and human subjects review clearance. Once these documents are approved by Boston University, the researcher will need to sign a data use agreement.