David Damore

Executive Director, The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West
Professor, Department of Political Science
Expertise: American Politics, Elections, Campaigns, Public Policy at State and National Levels, Latino Politics


David Damore is a professor political science. He serves as the executive director of The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West, two public policy centers at UNLV.

Damore teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in American politics and research methods and his research focuses on electoral politics and applied policy. He 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 and Latinos in Nevada: A Political, Economic and Social Profile.

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 USA Today. In addition to his positions at UNLV, 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

The New York Times
Democrats say the state’s economy is getting better, while Republicans argue it’s getting worse. Which message resonates more could decide the pivotal battleground state this fall.
Deutsche Tageszeitung
Donald Trump's name is not on the ballot in the Republican presidential primary on Tuesday in the US state of Nevada - the ex-president is still expected to win the desert state's delegate votes: The Republicans have another opportunity to support their favorite this week. In the Democratic presidential primary in Nevada, Trump's successor, incumbent Joe Biden, will be the favorite in the race on Tuesday.
The Guardian
Nikki Haley is competing in just the primary, but only the caucuses award delegates for the Republican presidential nomination
Republicans in Nevada will get not one, but two chances this week to register support for a candidate in their party's presidential nominating contest when the western US state hosts both a primary vote and a caucus.

Articles Featuring David Damore

Graduation surprise
Campus News | August 1, 2023

News stories from the summer featuring UNLV students and faculty.

Dancers with the U.N.L.V. 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.