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Steven F. Freeman

Steven F. Freeman, co-author of Was The 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? with Joel Bleifuss.

Since 2000, Steve Freeman has held several academic positions at the University of Pennsylvania, where he currently serves as Visiting Scholar and a member of the teaching faculty of the Graduate Program of Organizational Dynamics in the School of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to his regular courses, he teaches workshops for graduate students on research methods and survey design.

Steve Freeman

He has also been on the faculty at the Wharton School, and at the Universidad de San Andreas in Argentina and the Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE) in Costa Rica, where he has conducted management courses for private and public sector leaders and faculty workshops on research methods.

was the 2004 presidential election stolen? by Steve Freeman Dr. Freeman is the recipient of four national research awards for outstanding scholarship from the Academy of Management.  More recently, his election research has won an award from Project Censored as one of the three most important "censored" stories of 2005.  He is the co-author, with Joel Bleifuss, of Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? Exit Polls, Election Fraud, and the Official Count. (Seven Stories Press 2006).

Steven F. Freeman holds a Ph.D. from MIT's Sloan School of Management and an M.S. in Social System Science from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.


JOEL BLEIFUSS is Editor of In These Times.  An investigative reporter and columnist, he has had more articles cited as one of the “Top Censored Stories” of the year by Project Censored than any other journalist.  His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Utne Reader, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Dissent, among many others.


  • 2004 CASE Association Fellow’s Award for Outstanding Field Based Case Research:Vegetales Cortados, SA Start-up Strategy selected as the 2004 Best Business Teaching case; Mastitis at Lácteos Pacíficos was also selected as one of five finalists for the 2004 Best Business Teaching case.
  • Winner of best practice paper, Academy of Management 2003 annual meeting, Organization Development & Change division
  • Organized the symposium selected as the Showcase Symposium at the Academy of Management 2000 annual meeting.       
  • Best student research paper (also finalist for best research paper) Academy of Management 1998 annual meeting, Managerial and Organizational Cognition division
  • Winner of best research paper, Academy of Management 1997 annual meeting, Organization Development & Change division
  • American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business Award Winner (1994) -- Ph.D. scholarship providing tuition and stipend for doctoral study at institution of student’s choice


  • Center for Organizational Dynamics (2003-present) University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts & Sciences (Graduate Division) Center Scholar
  • Rochester Printing Industry Project (2003- present): Grant to study printing industry responses to adverse economic and technological conditions
  • TRIAD. Grant to study the organizational consequences of the September 11th (2001) attacks. Extended to conduct a case study explaining the extraordinary resilience of one hard-hit firm.
  • Centro Latinoamérica para la Competitividad y el Desarrollo Sostenible (an international research project sponsored by the Harvard Institute for International Development and the AVINA foundation). Grant awarded 1998-99 for the cross-cultural studies of factors affecting values and attitudes. Extended 1999-2000 for the study of cooperation.
  • International Motor Vehicle Project. (A private consortium funded by auto manufacturers around the world.) Principal investigator managing projects with three students on organizational effects of adversity. Grant awarded 1995-96 to study organizational change in the US auto industry. Grants extended 1996-97, 1997-98, and 1998-99.


“Puzzled by the discrepancies, Freeman laboriously examined the raw polling data released by Edison/Mitofsky in January 2005…In his forthcoming book, Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen?Exit Polls, Election Fraud, and the Official Count, Freeman lays out a statistical analysis of the polls that is deeply troubling.”
- Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Rolling Stone Magazine

“This book discusses a contentious, but not a partisan issue. People differ strongly about whom they want in the White House, but almost everybody wants whoever is there to be seen as having been rightfully elected . . . Only those who simply and reflexively assert the explanation with which they're most comfortable will dismiss this careful and judicious book as the work of conspiracy theorists.”
- John Allen Paulos, author of Innumeracy and A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper       

“Freeman and Bleifuss shape the raw data into an image of all that the Founders warned us against.
- U.S. Representative John Conyers, Jr. From the Foreword



"Steven, thank you very much for an excellent interview. No one who listened to that could have come away without at least some serious questions about the state of our democracy; your research and analysis surely opened more than a few eyes and minds -- precisely what we hope to do with our show.

Regardless of how others may label what you or we do by publishing or airing stories that the mainstream media and the public ignore -- whether through fear or folly -- to the extent that we discover and share the truth, whether through mathematics or any other form of reason, I believe we will prevail, and rightly so.

The summary and podcast of the show with your interview is now posted, for streaming or downloading, in our archives:

You'll note there is a link there to your book; when your Election Integrity website is fully deployed, we'd like to exchange links, which should help both our sites in search engine listings.

Best wishes in your good work,

Doug Drenkow"



The following is reprinted with permission of Seven Stories Press.

Summer, 2006

• After 18 months of public silence, the summer of 2006 marks the first serious questioning of the 2004 presidential election.  Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s watershed report in Rolling Stone Magazine and Steven F. Freeman and Joel Bleifuss’ new book, Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? Exit Polls, Election Fraud and the Official Count (Seven Stories Press, June 30, 2006), marked the opening salvos of a public debate that is only just beginning.

• Earlier reports, such as the Conyers Report (January 6, 2005), the Edison/Mitofsky report (January 19, 2005), the Democratic National Committee report (June 22, 2005), and those on African American vote suppression conducted by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, provided key pieces of information. It is now up to the media, together with the appropriate public and private watchdog organizations, to take the debate to the people.

• Twenty months after the 2004 presidential election, Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? is the first sustained investigation of what really happened on the first Tuesday of November 2004. Scrutinizing the widest spectrum of facts and theories that have emerged to explain the discrepancy between the exit poll results and the official count, authors Steve Freeman and Joel Bleifuss tell the story of our electoral democracy at this moment in its history without fear or favor. The story they have to tell is a damning one—one that has profound implications for the 2006 and 2008 elections, indeed for the future of American democracy:

• Was there something wrong with the way that exit polls are conducted in the United States or does the problem lie with a lack of security at the ballot box? In their book, Freeman and Bleifuss plumb both the history of exit polling and the state of the art today. The Election Day 2004 exit polls showed Kerry winning nearly every battleground state, in many cases by sizable margins. So why did the exit polls differ so substantially from the official count? In elections in Germany and the United Kingdom, exit polls accurately predict the outcome of national elections. And in the Ukraine that same month, an exit poll discrepancy was used to overturn the official results.

• Did the implementation of electronic voting systems pave the way for election fraud in 2004? Freeman and Bleifuss examine the vulnerability of new ballot technologies. In 2004, 64 percent of voters cast ballots on either electronic voting systems or optical-scan voting systems. A September 2005 study by the General Accountability Office found that such systems had security problems that “could allow unauthorized personnel to disrupt operations or modify data and programs that are critical to the accuracy and the integrity of the voting process.”

• Why were the exit polls so wrong? The pollsters who conducted the exit polls, Joe Lenski and Warren Mitofsky, produced a 77-page report that attempts to explain why the exit poll discrepancy occurred. Freeman and Bleifuss examine that report in detail and demonstrate that the pollsters’ analysis does not stand up under scrutiny. “Lenski and Mitofsky found it more expedient to provide an explanation unsupported by theory, data or precedent than to impugn the machinery of American democracy as practiced in the 2004 presidential election,” they write.

• Freeman and Bleifuss also analyze the Conyers Report and Democratic National Committee report, as well as earlier reports such as those on African American vote suppression conducted by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights—all of which cast doubt on the integrity of the 2004 presidential election. The authors pay particular attention to Ohio, the critical battleground state. In Ohio, an extraordinary variety of electoral malfeasance is documented, including various forms of vote suppression, ballot “spoilage,” and institutionalized disenfranchisement—all of which amounted to more than enough to swing the election. So why weren’t the investigative arms of our government and the press more in evidence? Freeman and Bleifuss explore the reasons.

• Freeman and Bleifuss present their case with scientific precision in clear and easy to understand language. Advance readers like the distinguished mathematician John Allen Paulos are already calling Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? a “careful and judicious book” in recognition of the effort of the authors to rise above partisan politics.

Steven Freeman's analyses, together with a study by the University of California, Berkeley's sociology and demography departments, are recognized to have been the first serious attempts to examine the validity of the outcome of the 2004 presidential election.

Freeman holds a Ph.D. from MIT's Sloan School of Management. He is on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Organizational Dynamics, where he teaches research methods and survey design (a domain that includes polling.)  He has received four national awards for his research.

Joel Bleifuss is editor of In These Times. An investigative reporter and columnist, his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Utne Reader, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Dissent, among many others.

MasterMedia Speakers Bureau hopes that you will give Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? and its co-authors your greatest consideration.

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