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Daniel J. Galvin


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


Research Interest(s): American political economy, American political development, labor policy and politics, labor standards enforcement, organizing and collective action, American government, presidency, parties, multi-method research

Program Area(s): American Politics

Regional Specialization(s): United States

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

Joint Appointment

Institute for Policy Research 


Daniel J. Galvin (Ph.D., Yale University) is a 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 forthcoming book, Alt-Labor and the New Politics of Workers’ Rights (Russell Sage Foundation), examines the changing nature of workers’ rights over the last half-century and the political development of alt-labor groups (nonunion, nonprofit forms of worker organization), which are supporting and organizing predominantly low-wage immigrant workers and workers of color to their fight for their rights in the political and economic arenas.

Galvin’s research has been supported by the Russell Sage Foundation, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, the National Science Foundation, the Economic Policy Institute, 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 (the highest teaching award in the 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.

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


  • 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)
  • American Political Parties (490)