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Daniel J. Galvin

Associate Professor and Institute for Policy Research Fellow

B.A.: Brandeis University, 1999; Ph.D.: Yale University, 2006
Curriculum Vitae


Research Interest(s): American presidency; political parties; labor politics; American political development

Program Area(s): American Politics

Regional Specialization(s): United States

Department Strength(s): American Political Development; Comparative Historical Analysis; Political Parties


Daniel Galvin's research focuses on the development of political institutions, political organizations, and public policy in the United States. 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 coeditor of Rethinking Political Institutions: the Art of the State (NYU Press, 2006). His current research examines the effects of organized labor’s decline on public policy, party politics, and the working poor.

Galvin has won the “Emerging Scholar Award” from the American Political Science Association’s Political Organizations and Parties section, the E. LeRoy Hall Award for Excellence in Teaching from Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern, the R. Barry Farrell Teaching Award from the Department of Political Science, and was twice elected by the Northwestern student body to the Faculty Honor Roll.

Galvin currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Political Science department and is affiliated with the Comparative-Historical Social Science program. He is a co-coordinator of the interdisciplinary Political Parties Working Group and the American Politics Workshop.

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


  • Russell Sage Foundation grant for "The New Politics of Workers’ Rights," 2017-2019
  • Best Paper on Public Policy Award, 2016 for "Deterring Wage Theft: Alt-Labor, State Politics, and the Policy Determinants of Minimum Wage Compliance.”
  • E. LeRoy Hall Award for Excellence in Teaching (highest teaching award given by the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences), 2015
  • Emerging Scholar Award, APSA Political Organizations and Parties section, 2012 (“Awarded to a scholar who has received his or her Ph.D. within the last seven years and whose career to date demonstrates unusual promise.”)
  • 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)
  • Dynamics of Party Change in the U.S. (395)
  • American Political Development (419)
  • The Presidency (414)
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