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David Damore

Professor of Political Science

Brookings Mountain West Fellow in Governance Studies

Expertise: American Politics, Elections, Campaigns, Public Policy at State and National Levels, Latino Politics


David Damore teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in American politics and research methods and serves as the Department of Political Science’s Graduate Coordinator.

Professor Damore studies campaigns and elections and policymaking in the U.S. at both the national and state levels. His research has been published in the Journal of PoliticsPolitical Research QuarterlyPolitical Behavior, and American Politics Research. He has also written numerous book chapters on various aspects of Nevada politics and policy making.

He is currently working on projects examining the policymaking capacity of the Nevada Legislature, the causes and consequences of the growth in Nevada's Latino community (with John Tuman) and how Nevada's geography has shaped the state's political and economic development since its founding.

In addition to his position at UNLV, Professor Damore is a Brookings Mountain West fellow, a senior analyst for Latino Decisions, and an advisor to Project Vote Smart. He also regularly comments on Nevada governmental and political issues for local, national, and international media outlets.



  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Davis
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Georgia
  • B.A., Political Science, University of California, San Diego

David Damore In The News

Mar 21, 2017

Opponents of the newly revived federal plan to store nuclear waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain are preparing for battle with the Trump administration as the political winds seem to be shifting in favor of the project.

Mar 20, 2017

After serving more than 30 years on the Henderson City Council, term-limited Mayor Andy Hafen is passing the torch. Sitting councilwoman Debra March has been eyeing the position more than a year, and if she wins election March would become the first non-Mormon mayor of Henderson, according to UNLV political science professor David Damore. March was appointed to City Council in 2009 and re-elected in 2011 and 2015. She served as mayor pro tem from July 2015 to June 2016 and is focusing her campaign on continual economic development.

Nov 21, 2016

It might be difficult for Nevadans to believe, but there were places where Americans could watch TV for hours on end this fall without seeing ads for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Nov 21, 2016

Most Democratic lawmakers returned to Washington this week in a state of mourning, still reeling from the gut punch they took in last week’s election. One delegation of Democrats, however, had reason for a (restrained) victory lap.

Articles Featuring David Damore

Oct 13, 2016
Campus News

Political science professor David Damore is one of UNLV's go-to sources for context on the state’s hot-button issues.

Sep 20, 2016
Business & Community

Political science professor David Damore on how just a few Nevada votes can turn an entire election.

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