David Buckley, PhD

Assistant Professor, 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

Political Research
Religion and International Politics
Comparative Political Systems
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