David Campbell

David Campbell

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Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy

Office: 422 Decio Faculty Hall
Phone: 574-631-7809
Email: Dave_Campbell@nd.edu

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Areas of Expertise

Religion and politics, political participation, American politics, education policy, civic engagement, political behavior

Chairman of the political science department, Campbell studies, writes and lectures on American politics, political participation, religion and politics, and education policy. He is particularly interested in and articulate about the influence of religions and cultures on political behavior. He is the author of many essays, reviews and books on these subjects, including “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us,” which he co-authored with Robert Putnam and which has won two awards, and “Why We Vote: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life,” in which he argues that a strong sense of civic duty springs not only from a person’s contemporary social environment, but also from one’s formative experiences, especially adolescence.


Political Involvement and Civic Engagement.

Campbell moderates at the Notre Dame Forum: “Conviction & Compromise: Being a Person of Faith in a Liberal Democracy.”

Campbell moderates the Notre Dame Forum: “The Conversation: Developing the Schools Our Children Deserve.”

Campbell moderates the discussion “Shattering the Stained Glass Ceiling.”

Campbell moderates the panel discussion on America’s role in a post-secular world, public diplomacy, post-9/11 international law, and restraint as a foreign policy strategy.

Campbell participates in the panel discussion “The Meanings of Religious Freedom in America.”

Campbell discusses the election of Barack Obama.

Campbell participates in the discussion “Election 2008: Race, Gender and Faith” — Notre Dame’s Saturday Scholar Series.


Pro-life Democrats are gaining, but still in minority


Notre Dame Forum events to explore future of American democracy
Voters’ views of Mormonism still stumbling block for Romney, new study shows
Notre Dame political scientist analyzes new Pew survey on Mormons
Notre Dame political scientist receives Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award
Political scientist’s new book examines role of religion in presidential elections
Mitt Romney and the Mormon Factor in Politics
Political scientist publishes new book on influence of schools/communities on civic life
Study shows women politicians inspire political interest in girls
Political scientist is co-author of book on political participation


The Atlantic — Can Religious Charities Take the Place of the Welfare State?
The Christian Science Monitor — Why does the religious make-up of Congress look different than America’s?
The Associated Press — Despite claims, Iowa State expert does not run focus groups
The Atlantic — Glenn Beck’s Regrets
The Atlantic — Will Hillary Clinton’s Defeat Set Back Women in Politics?
The Washington Post — Secular voters didn’t turn out for Clinton the way white evangelicals did for Trump
The Washington Post — Even in defeat, Clinton’s campaign could still inspire young women
The Washington Post — Why some fear this election’s lasting damage to American Christianity
The Washington Post — Why Donald Trump could lose red Utah: Mormon America has found another candidate.
NPR — 4 Reasons Mormons Are More Skeptical Of Trump Than Other Religious Conservatives
The Washington Post — Liberty University students protest association with Trump
Vox — Donald Trump’s Mormon problem, explained
The Washington Times — Candidates face rising ‘nontheist’ voting bloc
Associated Press — Republican hold on Mormon voters slips with Trump as nominee
The Salt Lake Tribune — New article of faith for these Mormons: We believe Trump should never be president
Religion News Service — Who is leaving the LDS Church?
NBC Nightly News — All Eyes on Governor Mike Pence in RNC Spotlight
New York Post — Is this the end of Catholicism?
ABC News — 5 Storylines to Watch in the Indiana Primary
The Washington Post — Why Indiana is a perfect place for a revolution among religious conservatives
ABC News — Breaking Down the Numbers Behind Bernie Sanders’ ‘Very Steep’ Path to Contested Convention
ABC News — The Indiana Primary’s Influence on Party Conventions
PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly — John Danforth on Religion and Politics
The Christian Science Monitor — Behind minimum wage fight, voices of faith
Christian Post — Are Mormons Voting More Biblically Than Evangelicals?
Associated Press — Mormon Meeting Likely to Push Civility Amid Campaign Vitriol
Buzzfeed — Mormon Voters Really Don’t Like Donald Trump — Here’s Why
The Washington Post — Why Donald Trump will probably win Arizona but get crushed in Utah tomorrow
The Christian Post — Are Mormons Voting More Biblically Than Evangelicals?
The Christian Science Monitor — Behind minimum wage fight, voices of faith
The Washington Post — Meet the ‘Nones,’ the Democratic Party’s biggest faith constituency
Huffington Post — Clinton And Trump Lead As Iowans Prepare To Caucus
The Economist — Particularly grievous
The New York Times — Mormons Sharpen Stand Against Same-Sex Marriage
Yahoo! News — Archbishop orders priests to deny Communion to dissenters. Is Francis’ message lost?
The Washington Post — Presidential candidates take a cautious approach to Pope’s visit
The Washington Post — Pope Francis is about to make Junipero Serra a saint during a historic canonization today
USA Today — Pope Francis will face a fractured U.S. Catholic Church
Associated Press — GOP Candidates to Attend Pope Events Despite Differences
Associated Press — For GOP Candidates, Better to Be With Pope Than Against Him
USA Today — Many 2016 presidential candidates have church-shopped
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — Pope’s political messages cause some to pick, choose
Catholic News Service — Historic number of Catholics to seek U.S. presidency in 2016
Bloomberg — Will Nonreligious Reshape U.S. Politics?-
Huffington Post — It’s A Great Time To Be Graduating From A Mainline, Progressive, Christian, Divinity School
Bloomberg View — Will Nonreligious Reshape U.S. Politics?
Huffington Post — Evangelicals’ Claims of Conservative Supremacy Are Overstated
The New York Times — The Real But Overstated Decline of American Christianity
Religion News Service — Evangelicals’ claims of conservative supremacy are overstated and miss the bigger picture
The Salt Lake Tribune — Christianity shrinking in U.S.; Mormon numbers essentially flat
Deseret News — How the religious makeup of the U.S. has changed
The Salt Lake Tribune — Top Mormon leaders mostly Republican; two switch to unaffiliated
The Christian Science Monitor — Interfaith America: A globally unique marriage trend
Religion News Service — Five things you should know about Mormon politics
The Salt Lake Tribune — Author: Mormons follow their leaders to left and right on politics
America — Identity politics
Religion News Service — Young, Mormon, and Republican
Religion News Service — Embattled evangelicals: ‘War on religion’ is aimed at us
The Salt Lake Tribune — Mormons’ close-knit nature, values drive them to GOP
Christian Post — Christian Right Not Responsible for People Leaving Church, Study Finds
USA Today — Survey: Americans view Jews, Christians warmly
The New York Times — David Brat’s Hand-of-God Economics
The Washington Post — In mixed faith marriages, focus is on ‘values,’ not ‘beliefs’
NPR — Of Me I Sing: Americans Construct An Opt-Out Society
The Economist — What crisis?
The New York Post — The ‘Pope Francis effect’
Time — It’s Social Ties—Not Religion—That Makes the Faithful Give to Charity
Minnesota Public Radio — Why Partisans Can’t Kick The Hypocrisy Habit
The Christian Post — ‘Mormon Moment’ Over? Survey Says American Perceptions of LDS Have Changed Little
Huffington Post — Journalists Debate Media’s Role In Religion Coverage During Presidential Election
The New York Times — Why Am I Back in Church?
The Salt Lake Tribune — Age change should propel more Mormons into missions
The Salt Lake Tribune — Mormon moment’ ends with a loss — but his religion still won
BBC News — Viewpoints: Why is faith falling in the US?
Time — What the Ryan Pick Means for Religion and the Romney Campaign
International Business Times — Mitt Romney’s Mormon Church Has Close Connections To Israel
Reuters — Let 17-year-olds vote
Huffington Post Religion — For Mitt Romney And Other Mormons, Missions Are Like A ’Refiner’s Fire’
Associated Press — Verdict out on how Romney’s Mormonism will affect campaign
National Catholic Register — The Catholic Vote: Is It Changing? Does It Even Exist?
Huffington Post — Churches Tread Lightly On Politics In 2012 Election
The Daily Mail — The changing face of religious America
NPR — Family Ties To Marriott Heirs Pay Off For Romney
Chicago Tribune — Would America elect a Mormon?
Chicago Sun-Times — Mormon church is fastest growing Christian denomination, study shows
The Salt Lake City Tribune — Mormonism leading way in U.S. religious growth
The Washington Post — Ann Romney ‘stay-at-home mom’ debate: Mormons react
Yahoo News — US Mormons volunteer vastly more than others: study
Huffington Post — Mitt Romney Reflects ‘Mormon Culture’ Of Moderation, Expert Says
Los Angeles Times — Romney’s political success is a mixed blessing for Mormon Church
Los Angeles Times — Mormons feel rooted and happy, but marginalized, poll finds
Associated Press — Romney’s at odds with Mormon Church on immigration
CNN.com — Americans are polarized on religion but agreeable about it, authors say
The Washington Post — Poll finds Mormons worry about acceptance but embrace differences
CNN.com — Survey: U.S. Mormons feel discrimination, hope
The New York Times — Mormons Uneasy in the Spotlight
The New York Times — Americans: Undecided About God?
NPR — Romney’s Religion Could Play Role In Primaries, Poll Finds
Education Week — Scholars Put Civics in Same Category as Literacy, Math
The Wall Street Journal — Pinpointing Romney’s Mormon Challenge
Yahoo News — Tea Party Support Heavily Favors Rick Perry, Poll Finds
MSNBC Rachel Maddow — ‘Tea Party’ a rebranding triumph with a familiar face
The Washington Post — What beliefs predict a Tea Partier?
Guardian UK — The Tea Party moves to ban books
Huffington Post — American Politics More Religious Than American Voters
Christian Post — Study Finds Tea Party Less Popular Than Atheists, Muslims
MSNBC — Hardball with Chris Matthews
The New York Times — Crashing the Tea Party
Huffington Post — Mitt Romney Gives Millions To Charity, Most To Mormon Church
The Wall Street Journal — Islam and American Tolerance
NPR — Jesus, Reconsidered. Book Sparks Evangelical Debate
The Wall Street Journal — That Bright, Dying Star, the American WASP
The Washington Post — The quest to sort out competing and comparable religions
National Post — Supremely WASP free
CBS News — Trouble for Romney, Huntsman? New poll shows some resistance to voting for a Mormon
The Washington Post — Romney, Huntsman try to tap wealth of Mormon community
CNN.com — Religion is good for America, authors argue
TIME — Can Megachurches Bridge the Racial Divide?
NPR — Religious Polarization Is Part Of ‘American Grace’
TIME — The Church and Gay Marriage: Are Mormons Misunderstood?
USA Today — Religious citizens more involved — and more scarce?