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Daniel J. Galvin

Associate Professor

B.A.: Brandeis University; Ph.D.: Yale University
Curriculum Vitae


Research Interest(s): American political development, workers’ rights, labor politics, U.S. presidency, political parties, multi-method research

Program Area(s): American Politics

Regional Specialization(s): United States

Subfield Specialties: American Political Development; Comparative Historical Analysis; Political Parties

Joint Appointment

Institute for Policy Research 


Galvin's research focuses on American politics and falls roughly into two "streams." One includes political parties, presidential politics, and American political development. The other includes labor politics and policy, workers' rights, and the enforcement of labor standards. He is the author of Presidential Party Building: Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush (Princeton University Press, 2010), numerous scholarly articles and book chapters, and co-editor of Rethinking Political Institutions: the Art of the State (NYU Press, 2006). He is currently writing a book on the changing politics of workers' rights since the 1960s.

BooksBook Cover: Presidential Party Building by Daniel Galvin

  • Presidential Party Building: Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010).
  • Rethinking Political Institutions: The Art of the State, co-edited with Ian Shapiro and Stephen Skowronek (New York: NYU Press, 2006).

Select Publications

  • “The Political Effects of Policy Drift: Policy Stalemate and American Political Development,” with Jacob S. Hacker. Studies in American Political Development 34, 1 (2020).
  • “Party Domination and Base Mobilization: Donald Trump and Republican Party Building in a Polarized Era,” The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics (Summer 2020).
  • “Labor’s Legacy: The Construction of Subnational Work Regulation,” ILR Review (August 2020): 1-29.
  • “From Labor Law to Employment Law: The Changing Politics of Workers’ Rights,” Studies in American Political Development 33, 1 (April 2019): 50-86. (Winner of the Mary Parker Follett Prize for Best Article, APSA Politics and History section.)
  • “Let’s Not Conflate APD with Political History, and Other Reflections on ‘Causal Inference and American Political Development,’” Public Choice (July 2019): 1-16.
  • “The Democrats’ Misplaced Faith in Policy Feedback,” with Chloe N. Thurston. The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics 15, 2 (2017): 333-344.
  • “Deterring Wage Theft: Alt-Labor, State Politics, and the Policy Determinants of Minimum Wage Compliance,” Perspectives on Politics 14, 2 (2016): 324-350. (Winner of the 2017 Best Paper on Public Policy Award, APSA Public Policy section.)
  • “Qualitative Methods and American Political Development,” In The Oxford Handbook of American Political Development, Richard M. Valelly, Suzanne Mettler, and Robert Lieberman, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • “Presidents as Agents of Change,” Presidential Studies Quarterly 44, 1 (2014): 95-119.
  • “Presidential Partisanship Reconsidered: Eisenhower, Nixon, and Ford and the Rise of Polarized Politics,” Political Research Quarterly 66, 1 (2013): 46-60.
  • “The Transformation of Political Institutions: Investments in Institutional Resources and Gradual Change in the National Party Committees,” Studies in American Political Development 26, 1 (2012): 50-70.


  • E. LeRoy Hall Award for Excellence in Teaching (highest teaching award given by the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences), 2015
  • Faculty Honor Roll, Northwestern University, 2011, 2010
  • R. Barry Farrell Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Department of Political Science, 2010

Courses taught

  • American Government and Politics (220)
  • The American Presidency (320)
  • U.S. Party Development (395)
  • American Political Development (419)
  • The Presidency (414)
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