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 agenda 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 research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Geography, Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, and American Politics Research.  My current research includes a book manuscript, Spatial Analysis for the Social Sciences (under contract for the Analytical Methods for Social Research series at Cambridge University Press), as well as projects on issue diffusion in campaigns, the effects of spatial dependence on survey inferences, and the effects of political competition on voter participation.

 

Contact Info:

Department of Political Science

University of South Carolina

350 Gambrell Hall

Columbia, SC 29208

Office: (803) 777-5440

darmofal@gmail.com

darmofal@mailbox.sc.edu