David Buckley, PhD

Associate Professor, Paul Weber Endowed Chair in Politics, Science & Religion, Director for the Center for Asian Democracy




David Buckley is Associate Professor of Political Science, and Paul Weber Endowed Chair in Politics, Science & Religion at the University of Louisville. His research focuses on the often-contentious relationship between religion and democracy. His book, Faithful to Secularism: The Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal and the Philippines (Columbia University Press 2017)analyzes the emergence endurance of secular democracy in cases with politically active religious majorities. It received the International Studies Association’s 2018 Book Award for Religion and International Relations. David was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow (2016-17), serving as Senior Advisor in the Department of State’s Office of Religion in Global Affairs, and is currently at work on a manuscript examining the changing place of religion in U.S. foreign policy. Additional research projects include research, funded by Notre Dame’s Global Religion Research Initiative, on religion and comparative election planning, studies of cross-national variation in public opinion on religion and politics, and original experimental research testing public responsiveness to religious cues in the United States and the Philippines. His award-winning research has appeared in leading journals of political science and media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.

Honors and Awards

2018 Project Launch Grant, Global Religion Research Initiative, University of Notre Dame, “Religion and Comparative Election Planning.”

2018 International Studies Association's Religion and International Relations Book Award for his book "Faithful to Secularism: The Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal, and the Philippines," published by Columbia University Press in 2017

Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, 2016-17

Gordon Smith and Vincent Wright Memorial Prizes, West European Politics, 2013

Social Science Research Council. Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship

Social Science Research Council. DPDF Alumni Workshop Grant

Cosmos Foundation Fellowship

George C. Mitchell Scholar, Queen’s University Belfast

Hopper Memorial Fellow, Georgetown University

University Scholar, Georgetown University

Jefferson Scholar, University of Virginia

Phi Beta Kappa

Teaching Areas

Comparative Political Systems
Graduate Research and Design
Political Research
Religion and International Politics
Religion and US Politics

Research Areas and Projects

Religion and Democracy
Survey and Experimental Research
Religion and Foreign Policy

Professional Memberships

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