Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and Professor of Government
Area of Expertise:
American politics, campaigns, elections, public opinion, political parties/ideology, political information/misinformation, religious and political polarization, political communication, presidential and legislative behavior
David Barker is an expert on a broad range of topics, including American political parties, campaigns/elections, representation, culture/polarization, ideology/attitudes, information/communication, political institutions (Congress and the Presidency), and a wide variety of public policy issues. He is the author of three books and several dozens of research articles. His research has been nominated for several national awards, and he has been a frequent commentator in the national and international media outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, The Atlantic, Vox, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Globe and Mail, among others. His latest book, One Nation, Two Realities: Dueling Facts in American Democracy, which will hit shelves in March, 2019, analyzes the causes and. consequences of politically polarized fact perceptions in the United States, and the potential for America’s political tribes to move toward greater factual consensus.