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 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 recently completed a book, Spatial Analysis for the Social Sciences, for the Analytical Methods for Social Research series at Cambridge University Press. My current research includes several spatial projects, including studies of issue diffusion in campaigns, the effects of spatial dependence on survey inferences, and the effects of political competition on voter participation.

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 Chris Zorn at Penn State University). At South Carolina, I also have been co-organizer of the first two Southeast Methods Meetings.



Contact Info:

Department of Political Science

University of South Carolina

350 Gambrell Hall

Columbia, SC 29208

Office: (803) 777-5440