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Daniel DiSalvo

Assistant Professor


Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership


Political Science


NAC 4/138C

p: 212-650-5940


  • Profile

    Professor DiSalvo is is a assistant professor of political science and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He is also the co-editor of The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics. Daniel is a regular contributor to the blog His work focuses on American political parties, elections, Congress, labor unions, and public policy. He also regularly comments on current politics and has written for The New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, The Weekly Standard, National Affairs, The American Interest, Commentary, and City Journal.
  • Education

    Ph.D.      Politics, University of Virginia. 2007.

  • Courses Taught

    10100: United States Politics and Government An analysis of processes, values and problems of American government and democracy. Special emphasis is given to national political institutions and issues. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

    21600: Political Parties and Interest Groups Interest groups and pressure politics. The rise of new groups in the political process. The nature and functions of parties under the American system of government; major and minor parties; party finance and political machines; national campaign issues and techniques. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

    22100: The Congress An examination of the role of legislative bodies in our political system. Organization, procedures and operations are the focus of the course. Case studies dealing with contemporary policy-making are integrated throughout the semester. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

    22200: The Presidency Assessment of the present and possible future role of the American presidency. The development of the office, its relationship to other institutions and politics, and contemporary problems. Topics include the duties of the President as Chief Executive, legislator, shaper of foreign policy, Commander-in-Chief, party leader, and head of state. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

  • Publications


    Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).

    Engines of Change: Party Factions in American Politics, 1868-2010 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).

    Building Coalitions, Making Policy: The Politics of the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Presidencies (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). Co-editor w/Martin Levin and Martin Shapiro.

    Recent Articles and Book Chapters

    "The Nature of Party Organizations," in Guide to Political Parties, ed. Marjorie Hershey. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2014. 

    "The Politics of Studying Politics: Political Science Since the 1960s," Society 50(2) (2013).

    "Liberty and Rights in American and British Conservatism," in Reflections on Conservative Politics in the United Kingdom and the United States: Still Soul Mates?, ed. Mark McNaught. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 2012. w/ James W. Ceaser.

    "Government Unions in America," in The New Leviathan: The State Versus the Individual in the 21st Century, ed. Roger Kimball. New York, NY: Encounter Books. 2012.

    "How to Approach Public Sector Unions," in A Time for Governing, eds. Yuval Levin and Meghan Clyne. New York, NY: Encounter Books. 2012.

    "Legislative Coalitions, Polarization, and the U.S. Senate," The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics 9(4) (January 2012). 

    "Neo-liberalism," in Oxford University Encyclopedia of American Political, Policy, and Legal History, eds. Paul Boyer, Donald Critchlow, and Philip R. VanderMeer. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 2012.  

    "The Trouble with Public Sector Unions," National Affairs 1(5) (Fall 2010).

    "The Politics of a Party Faction: The Liberal-Labor Alliance in the Democratic Party, 1948-1972," The Journal of Policy History (Summer 2010).

    "Obama, un chef de parti," La Revue Internationale et Stratégique 76 (hiver 2009/2010).

    "Party Factions in Congress," Congress & the Presidency: A Journal of Capital Studies 36:1 (Spring 2009), 27-57.

    "Four Traps: Overcoming Barriers to Effective Immigration Reform," The American Interest: Policy, Politics, & Culture Vol. IV, No. 4 (March-April 2009).

    "Faith in the Primaries,"Perspectives on Political Science Vol. 38, No. 2 (Spring 2009). w/Jerome Copulsky. 

    "The Magnitude of the 2008 Democratic Victory: By the Numbers," in Understanding the Presidency, 6th edition, eds. James P. Pfiffner and Roger H. Davidson (Pearson/Logman, 2010), w/ James W. Ceaser.

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