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David Barker

Professor Department of Government

David C. Barker is Professor of Government (American Politics) and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. He has served as principal investigator on more than 60 externally funded research projects (totaling more than $11 million), and he has published dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles in outlets such as the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, and many others. He has authored or coauthored three university press books: Rushed to Judgment: Talk Radio, Persuasion, and American Political Behavior (2002; Columbia University Press), Representing Red and Blue: How the Culture Wars Change the Way Citizens Speak and Politicians Listen (2012; Oxford University Press) and One Nation, Two Realities: Dueling Facts and American Democracy (under contract, expected 2018; Oxford University Press). And in his dreams, he is an awe-inspiring NFL quarterback.

Degrees

PhD (Political Science) University of Houston BA (Professional Writing) Baylor University

Favorite Spot on Campus
The asymmetrical blue one
Office
SPA - Government
Kerwin Hall - 234
Contact Info
(202) 885-1118

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For the Media
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Partnerships & Affiliations

Teaching

  • Fall 2017

  • Spring 2018

AU Expert

Area of Expertise:

American politics, campaigns, elections, public opinion, political parties/ideology, political information/misinformation, religious and political polarization, political communication, presidential and legislative behavior

Additional Information:

David Barker is Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and Professor of Government at American University. He has authored or co-authored three university press books and dozens of peer-reviewed political science journal articles on the subjects of American political parties, campaigns/elections, representation, culture/polarization, ideology/attitudes, information/communication, and institutions (Congress and the Presidency). He has served as principle investigator on more than 60 grant/contract-supported research projects -- totaling more than $10 million -- including support from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, HUD, and many others. His first book, Rushed to Judgment: Talk Radio, Persuasion, and American Political Behavior (2002; Columbia University Press), was nominated for several national awards. His second book, Representing Red and Blue: How the Culture Wars Change the Way Citizens Speak and Politicians Listen (2012; Oxford University Press) has been featured in prominent national media outlets including the Washington Post and Vox. His third book, One Nation, Two Realities: Dueling Facts in American Democracy, is forthcoming in 2018. He is frequently quoted in and cited by the New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, The Atlantic, and several other national media outlets news media outlets.

Media Relations
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