Darren Davis

Darren Davis

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Professor of Political Science
Director for the Center for Social Research

Office: 446 Decio Hall
Phone: 574-631-5654
Email: Darren.Davis@nd.edu

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Areas of Expertise

Political psychology, public opinion, political behavior, elections, racial politics, methodology, media and communications

Davis’ research interests include most areas in public opinion and political behavior. A unifying theme running through much of his research is a concern for identifying the social psychological motivations underlying political attitudes and behavior. This approach has been applied to specific research areas, including political tolerance, the role of threat and anxiety in political behavior, public reactions to terrorism, social desirability, the measurement of political and social attitudes, racism and racial politics, and the political behavior of African Americans. His research has been published in the most prestigious journals in the discipline, such as The American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science and Journal of Politics. He also served on the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly and Political Research Quarterly. Davis is the author of a recent book, “Negative Liberty: Public Opinion and the Terrorist Attacks on America” which examines the role of threat perception. He was awarded the Emerging Scholar Award by Public Opinion and Elections Section of the American Political Science Association, which acknowledges the top scholar within 10 years of getting their Ph.D. on the tradeoffs between civil liberties and security, political tolerance and ideas of citizenship.


Political Polling in America

Election 2008: Race, Gender and Faith


Alleged ‘undecided’ voters may close gap
This time, poll surge in Obama support ‘real’
McCain’s rise in polls will drop
Was the Obama ‘tsunami’ real?
Presidential polling not always accurate predictor


VP and associate provost Don Pope-Davis to become provost of DePaul
Notre Dame survey of African American Catholics offers important insights
Notre Dame hosts top African American high school students
Political scientist named to national public opinion organization


CNBC — Why Hillary hasn’t locked in the African-American vote
USA Today — Why Iowa polls were wrong
Newsweek — How Much Government Surveillance Will Americans Accept?
National Catholic Reporter — Study: Black Catholics are more engaged
BET — Historic Study of Black Catholics Breaks New Ground
Huffington Post — McCain Tests The Waters Of Race As Campaign Issue