- PhD (Political Science) University of Houston
BA (Professional Writing) Baylor University
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- David C. Barker is Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, and Co-Founder of the Program on Legislative Negotiation at American University. He studies American political behavior and governance, political psychology, and electoral politics. He has served as principal investigator on over 50 externally funded research projects, totaling more than $16 million, and he has authored/coauthored over 80 publications--including four books (Rushed to Judgment [2002; Columbia University Press], Representing Red and Blue [2012; Oxford University Press], One Nation, Two Realities [2019; Oxford University Press], and The Politics of Truth in Polarized America [2021; Oxford University Press). From 2012-2017, he was Professor and Director of the Institute for Social Research at California State University-Sacramento, where he founded CALSPEAKS Opinion Research and co-founded the Public Health Survey Research Program. From 2005-2012, he was Associate Professor of Political Science and Religious Studies at University of Pittsburgh, where he also served as the Director of Graduate Studies. He has held visiting appointments at Science Po in Paris, the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, and the University of Sydney.
GOVT-110 Politics in the U.S.
GOVT-629 Capstone in Political Comm
GOVT-899 Doctoral Dissertation
GOVT-315 Elections and Voting Behavior
GOVT-898 Doctoral Continuing Enrollment
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
David Barker is an expert on a broad range of topics, including American political parties, campaigns/elections, representation, culture/polarization, ideology/attitudes, information/communication, political institutions (Congress and the Presidency), and a wide variety of public policy issues. He is the author of three books and several dozens of research articles. His research has been nominated for several national awards, and he has been a frequent commentator in the national and international media outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, The Atlantic, Vox, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Globe and Mail, among others. His latest book, One Nation, Two Realities: Dueling Facts in American Democracy, which will hit shelves in March, 2019, analyzes the causes and. consequences of politically polarized fact perceptions in the United States, and the potential for America’s political tribes to move toward greater factual consensus.