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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
Steve Hill won’t be the last official to leave Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval’s administration in coming months, local analysts say. Hill, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, confirmed Thursday that he is a candidate for a leading role at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The confirmation followed Republican Assembly Leader Paul Anderson’s Wednesday announcement that he is resigning his seat, which he confirmed is to succeed Hill at the economic development office.
While voters and candidates have long lamented the high cost of campaigning at the state and federal levels, even running for a part-time local seat in the Las Vegas Valley is an expensive proposition. In elections for City Council seats earlier this year, turnout was sparse, making the cost per vote more expensive.
When the Mirage Hotel and Casino opened in 1989, it kicked off one of the most significant construction booms in recent history. Four new mega-casinos opened in quick succession on the Las Vegas Strip, bringing in tens of thousands of new residents to work as card dealers, cocktail servers, security guards and maids.
Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz (D-North Las Vegas) introduced Assembly Bill 407 earlier this session. The bill reorganizes the management of Cooperative Extension Services (CES) into two regions, with UNLV administering the Southern Region (Clark, Lincoln, and Nye Counties, which collectively constitute 75 percent of the state’s population) and UNR administering the Northern Region (comprised of the 14 northernmost counties). UNR currently runs CES throughout Nevada.
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.