My name is David Macdonald. I received my Ph.D. in political science in May of 2020 from Florida State University. Starting Fall 2023 I will be an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida.
My research is broadly in the area of American politics, public opinion, and political behavior with a particular interest in the question of "why ordinary people support the policies, parties, and candidates that they do?" My dissertation examines why American public opinion has failed to shift more in favor of redistribution despite decades of high, and rising economic inequality.
I am also interested in studying the causes and consequences of public attitudes toward immigration, public opinion toward government spending in an era of economic inequality, as well as the political consequences of low, and declining labor union membership.
I have solo-authored work that has been published or is forthcoming in Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, American Politics Research, Electoral Studies, Political Psychology, and the British Journal of Political Science. I have taught multiple courses in American Politics, including: public opinion & electoral behavior, political parties & campaigning, race, ethnicity, & politics, and American national government, as well as graduate-level courses in research design.