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

January 10, 2022
13 Action News anchor Todd Quinones looks back at how Senator Reid changed Nevada forever.
January 10, 2022
Senator Harry Reid left a lasting legacy in Nevada. We’ll explore the impact the late senator had. Plus, we’ll examine the challenges that rural Nevada faces.   
December 6, 2021
The Nevada lieutenant governor’s office has been vacant for more than three months, but the absence has not been felt because “not much happens in that office,” UNLV political scientist David Damore said.
Nevada State News
December 1, 2021
Nevadans next year will have the opportunity to vote on open primaries and ranked-choice voting, if a newly formed statewide coalition has its way.

Articles Featuring David Damore

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Campus News | December 30, 2021

A collection of 2021 headlines highlighting medical school milestones, a steady stronghold on diversity and research rankings, student success, and media mentions featuring faculty experts.

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Campus News | December 8, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring research and accomplishment at UNLV.

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Campus News | November 4, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring stargazing and change at UNLV.