Dan Lee

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Expertise: American Politics, Congressional Politics, Elections, Political Parties


Dan Lee is an expert on American politics, congressional politics, elections, and political parties. Recent and ongoing research projects assess various aspects of the American party system, such as the impact of third parties and the dynamics of issue change in Congress.

His research has appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Public Choice, Party Politics, American Politics Research, Comparative Political Studies, and Political Science Research and Methods.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Duke University
  • B.S., Economics and Political Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison

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Washington Post
November 15, 2019
Former wrestler and Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura says he’s interested in the Green Party’s presidential nomination. Ex-coal magnate Don Blankenship is seeking the Constitution Party nod. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, despite her denials, is prompting fears among Democrats that she will launch her own third-party run. No one knows what Rep. Justin Amash will do.
Las Vegas Sun
November 6, 2019
As the Las Vegas City Council prepares to discuss a controversial ordinance that would make it illegal to camp or sleep in public areas when beds are available at established homeless shelters, some heavy political hitters have taken notice.
November 6, 2019
Culinary Workers Union Local 226 spokeswoman Bethany Kahn told Casino.org the town hall meetings will take place with “leading Democratic candidates in the 2020 US presidential race to discuss issues that matter most to its … members.”
Las Vegas Review Journal
November 5, 2019
Republicans and Democrats get all the headlines. They bring in the money, and they control all partisan elected offices in Nevada.

Articles Featuring Dan Lee

2016 Debate flags
Campus NewsSeptember 22, 2016
Students and the Las Vegas community will gather to watch live streams of the debates leading up to the final contest Oct. 19 at UNLV.
Hands rest hanging ourside of jail bars
Business and CommunityAugust 30, 2016
Criminal justice professor Emily J. Salisbury studies how the treatment of inmates affects all of us.
U.S. and Nevada Flag
Business and CommunityAugust 18, 2016
​Political science professor Dan Lee on the seesaw nature of the Silver State.
Dan Lee
PeopleMay 31, 2016
As a political scientist who studies elections, Dan Lee is finding 2016 a particularly interesting year.