Darren Davis

Political Science


Professor of Political Science
Director for the Center for Social Research

  • Political psychology
  • Public opinion
  • Political behavior
  • Elections
  • Racial politics
  • Methodology
  • Media and communications

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‘Racial resentment’ a factor in violence of 6 January 2021, study says

“What Trump and Republicans did was they tried to make the point that something nefarious was going on in areas that were primarily African American,” said David Wilson, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, who published the study with Darren Davis, a professor of political science at Notre Dame.


Nearly 70% of People Are Worried About a Recession in the Next Year [Election Survey]

While our study gave good insight into voters’ feelings going into this election, we also had our own questions about the influence of various economic factors on voter turnout. To find out, we asked an expert to weigh in: Darren W. Davis, the Snyder Family Mission Endowed Professor of Political Science, in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.

Restored Black Catholic churches show power of Black Catholic tradition to evangelize

Darren Davis, professor at the University of Notre Dame and co-author of “Perseverance in the Parish?: Religious Attitudes from a Black Catholic Perspective,” estimates that anywhere from 200 to 400 parishes in the U.S. reflect the African American heritage in Catholic life.

Political motivation often comes down to personal assessment of other races' 'deservingness'

"Everyday people are implicated, not because they are racist but because they possess certain values that lock in disadvantage for African Americans," wrote Darren Davis, the Snyder Family Mission Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, and David C. Wilson, professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, in their new book, "Racial Resentment in the Political Mind," published by the University of Chicago Press.

South Bend Tribune

St. Joe County election maps would bolster party strongholds, box out Democratic candidate

“I don’t see anything really too egregious here,” said Darren Davis, a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame.