Daniel J. Galvin
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
Daniel J. Galvin (Ph.D., Yale University) is an Associate Professor of Political Science and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. He is the author of Presidential Party Building: Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush (Princeton University Press), co-editor of Rethinking Political Institutions: the Art of the State (NYU Press), and has published numerous journal articles and book chapters. His current research centers on labor politics and policy, workers’ rights, and the enforcement of labor standards. He is currently writing a book on “alt-labor” and the changing politics of workers’ rights.
Galvin’s research has been supported by the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Economic Policy Institute, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the AT&T Research Fellowship, the Miller Center for Public Affairs, the LBJ Foundation, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation. His work has been recognized with several awards, including the 2020 Mary Parker Follett best article prize from the APSA Politics and History section (for “From Labor Law to Employment Law: the Changing Politics of Workers’ Rights”); the 2017 Best Paper Award from the APSA Public Policy section (for “Deterring Wage Theft: Alt-Labor, State Politics, and the Policy Determinants of Minimum Wage Noncompliance”); and the 2012 “Emerging Scholar Award” from the APSA section on Political Organizations and Parties. His teaching has been recognized with the E. LeRoy Hall Award for Excellence in Teaching (Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences) and the R. Barry Farrell Teaching Award (Department of Political Science), and he was twice elected by the Northwestern student body to the Faculty Honor Roll.
Galvin is currently chair of the Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy program at the Institute of Policy Research and field chair of the American Politics subfield in the Department of Political Science. He is affiliated with the Comparative-Historical Social Science program and the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy at Northwestern.
- 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).
- “Wage Theft in a Recession: Unemployment, Labor Violations, and Enforcement Strategies for Difficult Times.” International Journal of Comparative Labour Law & Industrial Relations 37, 2 (2021): 107-132. With Janice Fine, Hana Shepherd, and Jenn Round. [ungated]
- “Surprising Causes: Propensity-Adjusted Treatment Scores for Multimethod Case Selection.” Sociological Methods and Research. (2021). With Jason N. Seawright. [ungated]
- “Strategic Enforcement and Co-Enforcement of U.S. Labor Standards are Needed to Protect Workers through the Coronavirus Recession.” In Boosting Wages for U.S. Workers in the New Economy. Kate Bahn and Jesse Rothstein, eds. Washington, D.C.: Washington Center for Equitable Growth, 2021. With Janice Fine, Jenn Round, and Hana Shepherd.
- "Labor’s Legacy: The Construction of Subnational Work Regulation," Industrial and Labor Relations Review (2020).
- “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).
- “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
- American Government and Politics (220)
- The American Presidency (320)
- U.S. Party Development (395)
- American Political Development (419)
- The Presidency (414)
- American Political Parties (490)