David Damore

Chair and Professor, Department of Political Science
Interim Executive Director, Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute
Expertise: American Politics, Elections, Campaigns, Public Policy at State and National Levels, Latino Politics


David Damore is professor and chair of the UNLV Department of Political Science and the Interim Executive Director of The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West.

Professor Damore teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in American politics and research methods and his research focuses on electoral politics and applied policy. Professor Damore has written extensively on Nevada politics and policy and he is a coauthor of two recently published books, Blue Metros, Red States: The Shifting Urban/Rural Divide in America’s Swing States, with Robert E, Lang and Karen A. Danielsen, and Latinos in Nevada: A Political, Economic and Social Profile, with John P. Tuman, Tiffiany O. Howard, and Nerses Kopalyan.

Professor Damore regularly comments on Nevada politics for local, national, and international media outlets and his commentary and analysis has been published by The Brookings Institution’s FixGov Blog, The Cook Political Report, HuffPost, Politico Magazine, and Monkey Cage. In addition to his positions at UNLV, Professor Damore is a Senior Nonresident Fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program. 


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

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David Damore In The News

Las Vegas Sun
June 19, 2022
While more Nevada Republicans than Democrats voted last week in the primary election, the overall turnout of 23.92% was “not too impressive” but also “not too surprising,” said David Damore, professor and chair of the UNLV department of political science.
Las Vegas Review Journal
June 17, 2022
It wasn’t so long ago that Dean Heller seemed unbeatable.
June 17, 2022
The primary election is done in Nevada. Now candidates and voters are looking ahead to the General Election in November. Our experts will analyze the primary election and give their thoughts to what’s ahead for the General Election.
Las Vegas Sun
June 14, 2022
Gov. Steve Sisolak, with about 40% of state votes tallied, took 89.9% of the vote against former Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins in the Democratic gubernatorial primary to advance to the November election, where he is expected to face a stiff Republican challenge from Joe Lombardo, who received 39% of the vote statewide . In Clark County, Sisolak picked up 79.6% of votes and Lombardo got 47.9%.

Articles Featuring David Damore

Map highlighting three distinct regions in Nevada
Research | June 16, 2022

UNLV Brookings Mountain West and Lincy Institute scholars review Silver State’s economic development efforts of the past decade and present agenda for the next five years.

UNLV Football players entering Allegiant Stadium
Campus News | May 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

books inside the UNLV Bookstore
Campus News | February 10, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine graduates line up to cross the commencement stage
Campus News | December 30, 2021

A collection of 2021 headlines highlighting medical school milestones, a steady stronghold on diversity and research rankings, student success, and media mentions featuring faculty experts.