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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Dan Lee In The News

City and State
October 29, 2020
It’s virtually certain that former Vice President Joe Biden will carry New York’s 29 Electoral College votes, but New Yorkers voting for him still face a potentially major decision: The Working Families Party has been putting out a media blitz encouraging people to vote for Biden on their ballot line instead of the Democratic Party’s, in an effort to maintain the third party’s ballot line.
The Nevada Independent
October 26, 2020
If any single category of voter has come to define the chaotic race for 2020, it is the American suburbanite.
Jewish Insider
October 22, 2020
Growing up in Canton, a small city in northeast Ohio, Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV) spent much of her childhood at the local Jewish Community Center, where she swam and worked as a lifeguard. Her mother also taught swimming lessons there, and several of Lee’s seven siblings worked as lifeguards.
October 21, 2020
For voters, the biggest box to check off this election will be for former Vice President Joe Biden or President Donald Trump, but how do third-party candidates fare in a two-party system?  

Articles Featuring Dan Lee

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Campus NewsOctober 9, 2020
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Business and CommunityOctober 9, 2020
UNLV political scientist Dan Lee examines America’s two-party system and how electoral rules benefit major party candidates on Election Day.
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Campus NewsMarch 5, 2020
A collection of news stories from February highlighting the people and research of UNLV.
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Campus NewsDecember 2, 2019
A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.