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

Nevada knows how to put on a good show. But in a year of buzzy U.S. Senate races, the Silver State is far from the top of the list.
Las Vegas Sun
For a particular campaign sign that has popped up across Las Vegas as the midterm elections draw near, the message couldn’t be more clear.
Las Vegas Sun
Candidates vying for Nevada’s U.S. Senate seat this November voiced mixed reactions to legislation proposed this week that would effectively ban most abortions nationally, with one vowing to block the bill and another acknowledging it has little chance to become law.
Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español
A new Emerson College poll shows Nevada's Senate and gubernatorial races are virtually tied, with Election Day less than two months away.

Articles Featuring David Damore

Dancers with the UNLV Ewalu Club
Campus News | October 4, 2022

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Lake Mead
Campus News | July 11, 2022

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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

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