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Department of Political Science

Northwestern University

601 University Place

Evanston, IL 60208

(847) 491-2641

Daniel Galvin (Ph.D., Yale University) is Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. His primary areas of research and teaching include the U.S. presidency, political parties, and American political development.

Galvin is the author of Presidential Party Building: Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush (Princeton University Press, 2010), co-editor of Rethinking Political Institutions: The Art of the State (NYU Press, 2006), and his research has been published in several scholarly journals and edited volumes. His current book project, entitled Rust Belt Democrats: Party Legacies and Adaptive Capacities in Postindustrial America (under contract with Oxford University Press), examines the factors that have facilitated or frustrated Democrats' efforts to remain competitive in the face of socioeconomic upheaval in the Rust Belt region since the 1970s.

In 2012, Galvin was the recipient of the "Emerging Scholar Award" from the American Political Science Association's Political Organizations and Parties section. He has been awarded fellowships and grants from the AT&T Research Fellowship, the National Science Foundation, the Miller Center of Public Affairs, the Institute for Policy Research, the Center for the Study of the Presidency, the Harry Middleton Foundation, the Eisenhower Foundation, and Weinberg College.

In 2010, he received the R. Barry Farrell Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and in 2010 and 2011 he was elected by the Northwestern student body to the Faculty Honor Roll. Galvin is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Political Science.

At Northwestern, Galvin is affiliated with the Institute for Policy Research, Comparative-Historical Social Science, and is a co-founder and co-coordinator of the interdisciplinary Political Parties Working Group. He is also currently the Book Review editor for The Forum.



Galvin, D. 2010. Presidential Party Building: Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Galvin, D., with Ian Shapiro and Stephen Skowronek, eds. 2006. Rethinking Political Institutions: The Art of the State. New York: NYU Press.

Articles and Book Chapters

Galvin, D. 2014. "Presidents as Agents of Change." Presidential Studies Quarterly 44, 1 (March).

Galvin, D. 2014. "The Transformation of the National Party Committees." In CQ Guide to U.S. Political Parties, Barry Burden, Marjorie Hershey, and Christina Wolbrecht, eds. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press.

Galvin, D. 2014. "Political Parties in American Politics." In Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism, Orfeo Fioretos, Tulia Falleti, and Adam Sheingate, eds. Forthcoming.

Galvin, D. 2013. "Presidential Partisanship Reconsidered: Eisenhower, Nixon, and Ford and the Rise of Polarized Politics." Political Research Quarterly 66(1): 46–60.

Galvin, D. 2012. "The Transformation of Political Institutions: Investments in Institutional Resources and Gradual Change in the National Party Committees." Studies in American Political Development. 26(1): 50–70.

Galvin, D. 2012. "The Dynamics of Presidential Policy Choice and Promotion." In Getting Past No in an Age of Partisan Noise: Making Policy to Build Party Coalitions in the 21st Century. ed. M. Levin, D. DiSalvo, and M. Shapiro. Baltimore, Md.: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Galvin, D. 2009. "Presidential Practices after 9/11: Changes and Continuities." In Change and Continuity: The United States after 9/11." ed. M. Renyi and F. Meirong. Beijing: Beijing World Affairs Press.

Galvin, D. 2008. "Changing Course: Reversing the Organizational Trajectory of the Democratic Party from Bill Clinton to Barack Obama." The Forum 6(2). 

Galvin, D., with C. Shogan. 2004. "Presidential Politicization and Centralization across the Modern-Traditional Divide." Polity 36:477–504. 

Works in Progress

Galvin, D. Rust Belt Democrats: Party Legacies and Adaptive Capacities in Postindustrial America (Book manuscript under contract with Oxford University Press).

Galvin, D. "Resilience in the Rust Belt: Michigan Democrats and the UAW." IPR Working Paper Series, IPR-WP-13-04.

Galvin, D. "Taking the Long View: Presidents in a System Stacked Against Them." For Recasting Presidential History, Cornell University Press, Brian Balogh and Bruce Schulman, eds.

Galvin, D. "American Political Development, Historical Institutionalism, and Comparative-Historical Analysis."