David Buckley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Political Science; Paul Weber Endowed Chair in Politics, Science & Religion



David’s research focuses on religion and politics, and in particular on the contentious relationship between religious movements and democratic politics.  As globalization increases religious pluralism and democratization provides opportunities for religious movements to shape public policy, how has religion’s place in democratic life changed?  The research intentionally crosses lines of religion and region, including field research funded by the Social Science Research Council in the Philippines, Senegal and Ireland.  In addition to an in-progress book manuscript based on this fieldwork, David has completed survey-based research on Muslim minorities in Europe and the United States, original survey experimental work on religion in US politics, and a large-N project examining the relationship between economic development and state regulation of religion.

Honors and Awards

Social Science Research Council, Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship
Cosmos Club Foundation, Dissertation Fellow
Mitchell Scholar, Queen’s University Belfast
Visiting Research Associate, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, May - June 2011
Visiting Research Fellow, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, August 2010
Visiting Research Fellow, West Africa Research Center, Senegal, June-July 2010
Graduate Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion & World Affairs, Georgetown University, 2007-2013
Jefferson Scholar, University of Virginia
2013 Gordon Smith and Vincent Wright Memorial Prizes, from the editorial board of West European Politics

Teaching Areas

POLS 390 Political Research
POLS 399 Religion and International Politics
POLS 202 Comparative Political Systems
POLS 312 Religion and US Politics

Research Areas and Projects

Religion and Democracy
Political Islam
Survey & Experimental Research
Ethnic Conflict

Professional Memberships

American Political Science Association
International Studies Association
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion