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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

Apr 18, 2017

California lawmakers are considering legislation to make the Golden State’s 2020 presidential primary the third in the nation after Iowa and New Hampshire, cutting in ahead of Nevada’s February caucuses.

Mar 28, 2017

When it comes to big-dollar contributions in local elections, donors hope their money translates to access.

Mar 28, 2017

In a bill spanning nearly 300 pages, a Nevada Assemblyman this week laid out his plans for giving community colleges a greater voice.

Mar 27, 2017

April 4 is primary election day for Southern Nevada’s major municipalities, but for most residents, it will probably feel like just another Tuesday. Political engagement through protests and social media conversations about national topics may be up following the election of President Donald Trump, but don’t expect interest to trickle down to the local level.

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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