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Daniel Galvin

Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University
Chapter Member: Chicagoland SSN

About Daniel

Galvin’s research focuses on the U.S. presidency and the dynamics of party change. His first book demonstrates that modern Republican presidents have worked to build a stronger and more durable GOP party organization, while Democratic presidents have not consistently focused on party-building. Galvin’s current book project examines how Democrats have tried to adapt to socioeconomic upheaval in the Rust Belt region since the 1970s.


In the News

"Combating Wage Theft under Donald Trump," Daniel Galvin, The American Prospect, December 22, 2016.
"Obama Built a Policy Legacy. But He Didn’t Do Enough to Build the Democratic Party.," Daniel Galvin, The Washington Post, November 16, 2016.
"How to Get Paid What You’re Owed, in Three Easy Steps. (Okay, Maybe Not So Easy.)," Daniel Galvin, The Washington Post, September 6, 2015.
"How to Grow a Democratic Majority," Daniel Galvin, New York Times, June 3, 2006.
Regular contributions by Daniel Galvin to Politico Arena, Encyclopedia Britannica blog, Polysigh.


"The Transformation of Political Institutions: Investments in Institutional Resources and Gradual Change in the National Party Committees" Studies in American Political Development 26, no. 1 (2012): 1-21.
Shows that piecemeal investments to build organizational resources can create transformative change in institutional operations and purposes.
"Presidential Partisanship Reconsidered: Eisenhower, Nixon, and Ford and the Rise of Polarized Politics" Political Research Quarterly 20, no. 10 (2011): 1-15.
This article develops theoretical expectations to aid in the detection of different varieties of presidential partisanship.
"Presidential Party Building: Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush" (Princeton University Press, 2010).
Shows how modern Republican presidents fostered the organizational development of their party while Democratic presidents refused to do the same.
"Changing Course: Reversing the Organizational Trajectory of the Democratic Party from Bill Clinton to Barack Obama" The Forum 6, no. 2 (2008): 1-21.

Examines recent efforts of Democratic leaders to rebuild party capacities, and shows that party-building is a cumulative process that takes time, resources, and persistent attention.