David Buckley, PhD

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




David Buckley is Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Paul Weber Endowed Chair in Politics, Science & Religion at the University of Louisville. His research focuses on religion and politics, and in particular on the contentious relationship between religious movements and democracy. His book, Faithful to Secularism: The Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal and the Philippines, analyzes the endurance of secular democracy in cases with politically active religious majorities,and was published by Columbia University Press in 2017. Additional projects include research on public opinion among Muslim minorities in the West, original experimental research testing the effect of religious cues on political preferences, and comparative analysis of the politics of conscience exemptions and reproductive health policy. 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. 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.

Honors and Awards

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

Political Research
Religion and International Politics
Comparative Political Systems
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