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

October 21, 2021
The Democratic and Republican Parties have dominated American political life, leaving no room for third parties. Now, polarization and new voices cause cracks in the system.
October 4, 2021
Are we seeing the rise of the independent? UNLV Asst. Political Science Professor Dan Lee helps us break down why more people are registering as non-partisan, and what that means for the 2022 election.
September 27, 2021
Every ten years, we get counted. The Census Bureau sets out to see how many people live in the United States, and in the process, it also gathers information about age, race, gender, income and a myriad of other important details.
June 21, 2021
The so-called “audit” in Arizona of Maricopa County’s 2020 general election ballots started as a court battle between the state Senate and the county board of supervisors. Since then, it has transformed into a full-fledged symbol of the GOP’s stance on the election results.

Articles Featuring Dan Lee

Campus News | October 7, 2021
A collection of news stories featuring collaboration and reflection at UNLV.
Campus News | February 3, 2021
A collection of news stories from the new year highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.
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Campus News | January 5, 2021
A collection of stories highlighting UNLV experts and their analysis of all things politics in 2020.
Campus News | December 10, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting the election, COVID-19, and scientific discovery at UNLV.