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Donald Davison, PhD

Professor of Political Science

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Dr. Davison specializes in political behavior, American institutions, public policy and formal theory and methodology. His research focuses upon the effects of race and religion on political behavior and the reactions by majority populations to minority voting rights. During Poland’s transition to democracy in the 1990s he taught courses on democracy and rights at the Graduate School of the University of Warsaw as a Senior Fulbright Scholar. His research enables him to travel extensively including to South Africa, Turkey, Portugal, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Malta, and Spain. Dr. Davison served as the Associate Dean of the Faculty from 2009 - 2011. His most recent publications include “The Myth of the Catholic Vote: The Influence of Ideology and Theology on Catholics in Presidential Elections, 1972-2008,” with Michael Krassa, (2011), “Deliberative Democracy: Health Care and the Limits of Increased Information Levels,” with Daniel Reagan and Josh Raines, (2011), and “American Conservatism: The Influence of the Tea Party on the Republican Party,” (2013). He is also the editor for the European peer reviewed Politics and Religion Journal’s special edition on the United States and a member of its international editorial board.

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Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
M.A.,  University of Notre Dame
B.A,  St. Louis University, (Phi Beta Kappa) 

Editor, Politics and Religion Journal, special edition on the United States
International Editorial Board, Politics and Religion Journal

“Family Values Don’t Stop at the Rio Grande . . . : Can the Republican Party Convert Hispanic Voters? (forthcoming 2018)
Immigration Federalism and Partisan Sorting: The Importance of State-level Actions (forthcoming 2018)
The Comparative Effects of Electoral Laws on Voter Rationality: Plurality versus Proportional Election Rules, with Margaret Lewicki, The Political Chronicle, January 2018.
Times Taxes and Voting Queues: The Voting Rights Act after Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder (2012), (working paper)

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  • Campaigns and Elections
  • American Civil Rights Policy
  • Quantitative Methods
  • The American Presidency
  • American Social Policy
  • Introduction to American Politics

  • American Political Science Association        
  • Electoral Behavior Working Group
  • Public Policy Working Group
  • Midwest Political Science Association

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