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

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David Damore In The News

San Francisco Chronicle
March 4, 2019
Winning the California primary is crucial to Sen. Kamala Harris’ plan to secure the Democratic nomination for president. Winning the Nevada caucuses that will be held a few days earlier in 2020 would give her the momentum to make that task a lot easier.
Fox News
February 14, 2019
While a lot of the focus for the 2020 presidential primary race typically lies with Iowa or New Hampshire, an unsuspecting state out West might serve as a true bellwether for Democrats – Nevada.
Associated Press
January 31, 2019
Two years after jumping into a fight with the Trump administration over public lands, the U.S. outdoor industry is turning up the political pressure — though its impact is difficult to measure.
Las Vegas Sun
December 27, 2018
For a relatively young university such as UNLV to be classified as a top research institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is a major accomplishment.

Articles Featuring David Damore

David Damore
Campus NewsOctober 13, 2016
Political science professor David Damore is one of UNLV's go-to sources for context on the state’s hot-button issues.
Voting line
Business and CommunitySeptember 20, 2016
Political science professor David Damore on how just a few Nevada votes can turn an entire election.
Workers set up scaffolding
Business and CommunitySeptember 13, 2016
Boyd School of Law’s Ruben Garcia shares insight on the employment law issues that loom in this year’s election
ResearchFebruary 21, 2014
New Brookings Mountain West publication breaks down key regional legislation during the 77th Nevada Legislative Session; recommends priorities for 2015.