David Buckley, PhD

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

About

Biography

David Buckley is Associate Professor of Political Science, and Paul Weber Endowed Chair in Politics, Science & Religion at the University of Louisville, where he serves as the Interim Director of the Center for Asian Democracy. His research focuses on the comparative 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. He 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.

David is currently at work on two book manuscripts: one examining the changing place of religion in the U.S. foreign policy bureaucracy, and a second documenting the role of grassroots religious institutions in responding to violence associated with Rodrigo Duterte’s “drug war” in the Philippines. His research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, APSA Centennial Center, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Notre Dame’s Global Religion Research Initiative, and the University of Gothenburg’s Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD). His work has appeared in leading journals of political science including the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and Comparative Politics, as well as media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.

Honors and Awards

American Political Science Association, Centennial Center Small Research Grant. “Security Service Responses to the Philippine Drug War”

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Jack Shand Research Grant (with Steven Brooke). “Security Service Responses to the Philippine Drug War”

Program on Governance and Local Development, Research Grant (with Steven Brooke). “Parish Responses to the Philippine Drug War”

American Political Science Association, Weber Award for Best Conference Paper on Religion and Politics Presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting. “Religion and Populist Violence: Evidence from Killings in the Philippine Drug War” (with Steven Brooke).

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