David F. Damore’s Homepage


Associate Professor

Department of Political Science

University of Nevada Las Vegas


Brookings Institution

Nonresident Senior Fellow

Governance Studies

Tel: (702) 895-3217
Fax: (702) 895-1065

4505 South Maryland Parkway, Box 455029
Las Vegas, Nevada  89154-5029


            David Damore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at UNLV where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in American Politics and Research Methods. 


         Dr. Damore’s research interests are the study of campaigns and elections and public policy at the state and national levels.  His present research focuses on assessing how direct democracy is used as a tool of policy making in the American states and he is beginning work on book length manuscripts examining the political and economic consequences of Nevada’s geography and, with John Tuman, an analysis of Nevada’s Latino community. 


         In addition to his position at UNLV, Dr. Damore is a Nonresident Fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, a key vote advisor to Project Vote Smart, a Senior Analyst for Latino Decisions, and he regularly comments on Nevada governmental and political issues for local, national, and international media outlets. 


         Dr. Damore earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis (2000), his M.A. from the University of Georgia (1995), and his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego (1992) all in Political Science.  He lives in Henderson, Nevada with his wife Andrea and their sons Jacob and Nicholas.  The Damores are avid fans of the New York Yankees and the Oakland Raiders. 


Curriculum Vitae




2011 Southern Nevada Legislative Scorecard




Recent Commentary



One More for the Road(s)

(Las Vegas Sun, 10/27/13)


What the GOP Can Learn from Nevada Republicans

(Latino Decisions, 8/30/13)


Are Latinos Relevant to Midterm Elections?

(Latino Decisions, 7/26/13)


Message Not Received:  House Republicans and Immigration Reform

(Latino Decisions, 7/25/13)


How Latino Voters May Decide Control of the U.S. House of Representatives

(Latino Decisions, 7/9/13)


120 Days and Their Consequences

(Las Vegas Sun, 2/3/13)


A Path Forward for the GOP in Nevada?

(Latino Decisions, 1/23/13)


The Case for Interstate 11

(Vegas Seven, 1/17/13)


Nevada’s Odd Numbers: The Complexity of Polling in the Silver State

(Latino Decisions, 11/21/12)


Demographic Change and Partisan Gain in Nevada

(Latino Decisions, 10/4/12)


The Latino Vote and Down Ticket Races in Nevada

(Latino Decisions, 8/13/12)


The State of Play in Nevada:  Understanding the Three Nevadas

(Latino Decisions, 6/28/12)


“None” Is Not a Wasted Vote

(Las Vegas Sun, 6/24/12)


Latinos Rising:  Consequences of the 2011 Nevada Redistricting (Latino Decisions, 12/26/11)


Southern Nevada’s Fair Share?

(Las Vegas Sun, 9/4/11)