David Campbell

Political Science


Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy

  • Religion and politics
  • Political participation
  • American politics
  • Education policy
  • Civic engagement
  • Political behavior


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For US Mormons, religiosity has declined over time, study shows

As political scientist David Campbell of the University of Notre Dame has analyzed the Congressional Election Study, the trend line for Mormons shows some decline compared with two other minority religions over the same period. 

Biden Meets Pope Francis Amid Rift With U.S. Bishops

"There didn't seem to be a Catholic boost for him nationwide," despite the fact that Biden was poised to become only the second Catholic president in history, says David E. Campbell, a political science professor at Notre Dame University.

Biden to meet with Pope Francis to discuss coronavirus, climate change, caring for poor

David Campbell, a political science professor at University of Notre Dame, said the country has come a long way from its first Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, who had to convince Protestants of his independence from the Catholic Church.

Harvard's atheist chaplain: It's another sign of America's growing secularism

David Campbell and Geoffrey Layman are professors at the University of Notre Dame; John Green is an emeritus professor at the University of Akron.

LDS outreach to immigrants grows, pushing church members to examine GOP ties

David Campbell is a political scientist who teaches at the University of Notre Dame and is co-author, along with Monson and University of Akron political scientist John C. Green, of the 2014 book “Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons and American Politics.”

US Catholic bishops OK steps toward possible rebuke of Biden

David Campbell, a political science professor at the University of Notre Dame, said the bishops’ vote “reflects the fact that the same fault lines dividing all American voters also divide American Catholics — and Catholic leaders.”

Abortion fight puts renewed focus on Biden's Catholicism

“The fact of the matter is that Biden’s position reflects where most American Catholics are,” said David Campbell, a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame and author of the new book “Secular Surge: A New Fault Line in American Politics.”

Support of Trump within church has driven some Catholics to the exits

Gabbatt quotes David Campbell, chair of the department of political science at the University of Notre Dame: "Many Americans — especially young people — see religion as bound up with political conservatism, and the Republican party specifically," Campbell said.

What Teenagers Have Learned From a Tumultuous Time in Politics

Other research has also found that for some young people who were disappointed by the Trump presidency, it awakened their interest in political involvement, according to David Campbell and Christina Wolbrecht, both political scientists at Notre Dame.

'Allergic reaction to US religious right' fueling decline of religion, experts say

David Campbell, professor and chair of the University of Notre Dame’s political science department and co-author of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, said a reason for the decline among those groups is political – an “allergic reaction to the religious right”.

The Evangelicals’ Trump Obsession Has Tarnished Christianity

According to political scientists David E. Campbell and Geoffrey C. Layman of the University of Notre Dame and John C. Green of the University of Akron, authors of Secular Surge: A New Fault Line in American Politics, this corruption is happening already.

“Allergic to religion”: Conservative politics can push people out of the pews, new study shows

In Secular Surge: A New Fault Line in American Politics, political scientists David E. Campbell and Geoffrey C. Layman of the University of Notre Dame and John C. Green of the University of Akron argue that the US’s secular population is larger and more diverse than previously acknowledged — and that a big part of what’s driving secularity is actually religious people’s political behavior.

‘The Capitol Insurrection Was as Christian Nationalist as It Gets.’

David Campbell, a political scientist at Notre Dame, further elaborates on Jones’s argument, writing in a June 2020 article, “The Perils of Politicized Religion, that...