David Campbell



Regular Faculty - Professor


Director, Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy


American Politics


Ph.D., Political Science, Harvard University

Masters, Political Science, Harvard University

B.A. (Honors), Political Science, Brigham Young University

Research and Teaching Interests

American politics, civic engagement, political behavior, religion and politics, education policy

Advising Specialties

Graduate programs in political science/public policy; internships in politics/policy


David Campbell is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and the founding director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy. His most recent book is Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons and American Politics (with John Green and Quin Monson), which will be published in June 2014. He is also the co-author (with Robert Putnam) of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, which has been described by the New York Times as intellectually powerful, by America as an instant classic and by the San Francisco Chronicle as the most successfully argued sociological study of American religion in more than half a century.  American Grace has also received both the 2011 Woodrow Wilson Award from the American Political Science Association for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs and the Wilbur Award from the Religious Communicators Council for the best non-fiction book of 2010.

Prof. Campbell is also the author of Why We Vote: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life, the editor of A Matter of Faith: Religion in the 2004 Presidential Election, and a co-editor of Making Civics Count: Citizenship Education for a New Generation. As an expert on religion, politics, and civic engagement, he has often been featured in the national media, including the New York Times, Economist, USA Today, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time, NBC News, CNN, NPR, Fox News, and C-SPAN.

Office Hours

Tuesday and Wednesday 1:30-3:00pm or by appointment

Contact Information

Office: 422 Decio Hall
Phone: 574-631-7809
Fax: 574-631-4405
Email: dave_campbell@nd.edu

Mailing Address

Political Science Department
217 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556