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

June 14, 2019
In the last 30 years, Nevada has evolved from a sparsely and homogenously populated rural outpost to one of the most urban and diverse states in the country. Nevada’s population is now majority-minority. The Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise Metropolitan statistical area with over 2.2 million residents is the 28th largest in the country and is home to nearly three out of four Nevadans. By 2060, the demographics of the rest of the United States are expected to look a lot like Las Vegas does today.
Associated Press
May 13, 2019
As Democratic presidential hopefuls hit the ground to woo voters in the early voting state of Nevada, many are touting how closely their home states align with the fast-growing tourist mecca. Few, though, can say it’s where they stop for mom’s home cooking.
Nevada Current
March 28, 2019
The ink was barely dry on former Henderson redevelopment manager Michelle Romero’s retirement when the 25 year veteran of city government told Councilwoman Gerri Schroder of her interest in the term-limited Schroder’s seat.
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.

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.