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Michael Climek
Guest Host, LSU PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH LAB

Michael Climek is the Operations Manager of the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU. Originally from NYC, his last position was as a project manager in the research department at Ketchum, a leading global public relations firm. He has more than six years of experience in the market research industry and has worked for clients in a variety of fields, such as Adecco, Kodak, Playstation and Wendy’s. Climek also specializes in social media conversation analysis, focus group moderation, and online surveying. Climek recently completed his MBA at Baruch College in New York with a dual major in marketing and international business.

Current Topic


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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