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 Review Journal
New governor. New leadership. New members. New budget opportunities. And 120 days to get it all done. The 82nd session of the Nevada Legislature begins on Monday, and with it comes a host of new players and dynamics that will shape the state for years to come.
Las Vegas Sun
If there’s a blueprint to compromise in the upcoming session of the Nevada Legislature, lawmakers simply need to look at Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval’s eight-year tenure leading Nevada from 2011 to 2019.
Vegas PBS
On Monday, Jan. 23, newly elected Republican Governor Joe Lombardo gave his first State of the State address. A panel of experts joined Nevada Week after the speech to give their opinions on what the new governor outlined for the state.
Las Vegas Review Journal
It didn’t take long for Nevada Democrats’ redistricting maneuvering to pay off. A year after the Democrat-controlled Legislature redrew the state’s political boundaries, Democrats defended all three of the competitive congressional districts in Southern Nevada while also expanding their majorities in both chambers, including regaining a supermajority in the state Assembly.

Articles Featuring David Damore

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

A collection of news stories highlighting research wins, expert insights, and academic achievement.

Lake Mead
Campus News | July 11, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV experts who made headlines locally, nationally, and around the world.

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.