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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 Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Political 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
Incumbent Dean Heller issued a challenge to state Republicans during his concession speech to Jacky Rosen, who defeated him Tuesday in their race for U.S. Senate.
Nevada academics wasted no time jumping into an election post mortem. The Brookings Institute held a post-election panel discussion Wednesday where they analyzed the previous night’s “blue wave,” in which Democrats claimed victory in almost all statewide races. Panelists included Brookings Mountain West Executive Director Robert Lang, UNLV political science professor David Damore, Brookings fellow John Hudak and Women’s Research Institute of Nevada Director Rebecca Gill.
The race for Nevada's senate seat has become one of the tightest in the country. And in an election where control of the Senate could come down to a single swing in a single seat, all eyes are on the battle between incumbent Republican Dean Heller and his Democratic challenger, Jacky Rosen.
Since declaring his candidacy for Nevada governor in March, Ryan Bundy hasn’t mustered much of a campaign. He has only raised about $37,000 in cash, most of it from out of state, and $24,000 of in-kind donations. Not even his famous father, anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy, has donated to his campaign. Bundy’s campaign has spent less than $15,000 on ads, though it did spring for about $325 worth of western wear at a Las Vegas Boot Barn.
Articles Featuring David Damore
Political science professor David Damore is one of UNLV's go-to sources for context on the state’s hot-button issues.
Political science professor David Damore on how just a few Nevada votes can turn an entire election.