David Darmofal

Associate Professor

Political Science

University of South Carolina

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. I have substantive research interests in political behavior, political geography, and American political development and methodological interests in spatial analysis, survival analysis, and time series analysis.

My research is motivated by the questions of whether and how American democracy functions effectively. I address these concerns by examining two sets of interactions between political actors that are central to these questions. The first focuses on horizontal interactions, employing a geographic lens to examine how the spatial interactions and spatial locations of actors shape their behavior. The second examines vertical interactions with a focus on the nexus of elite and mass behaviors. My research in political geography and elite-mass interactions focuses on three political behaviors: political participation, voting behavior, and opinion formation.

My first book, Spatial Analysis for the Social Sciences, for the Analytical Methods for Social Research series at Cambridge University Press, demonstrates how researchers can diagnose and model the spatial dependence implied by many of our theories in the social sciences. My second book, Demography, Politics, and Partisan Polarization in the United States, 1828-2016, co-authored with Ryan Strickler, is forthcoming in the Springer Spatial Demography book series. My research also appears in journals including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Geography, Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, the Journal of Peace Research, and American Politics Research. I am currently working on a book on event history models (with Jan Box-Steffensmeier and Brad Jones), as well as projects on the spatial diffusion of deunionization (with Chris Witko, Nathan Kelly, and Sarah Young), spatial dependence in legislative behavior (with Chuck Finocchiaro and Indridi Indridason), a spatial analysis of the System of 1896, and methods for integrating spatial non-stationarity in mixed-methods research.

I teach a variety of courses in Political Methodology and American Politics at the University of South Carolina. I also teach the first two weeks of the Advanced Topics in Maximum Likelihood Estimation workshop at the ICPSR Summer Program. These two weeks focus on time series cross-sectional models (the second two weeks, on survival models, are taught by Eline de Rooij at Simon Fraser University).


Contact Info:

Department of Political Science

University of South Carolina

350 Gambrell Hall

Columbia, SC 29208

Office: (803) 777-5440