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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
The only surprise in Tuesday’s primary elections for Nevada’s U.S. Senate seat might have been that the race wasn't called even sooner.
While Nevada’s political colors have been shifting from red to blue for two decades now, complete control of the Silver State has eluded Democrats so far. But this year, Democrats are poised to finally make that jump.
A bipartisan group of Colorado lawmakers kicked off an anti-gerrymandering campaign this month. They want to take redistricting decisions out of the hands of state legislators and put it into the hands of twelve voters.
Democrats hoping to take control of the U.S. Senate in November believe one of their best chances to pick up a seat this year lies in battleground Nevada, where Sen. Dean Heller is the only Republican running for re-election in a state that Democrat Hillary Clinton carried in 2016.
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.