Political Science Faculty

David Hopkins

Associate Professor


David A. Hopkins joined the Boston College political science department in 2010. His research and teaching interests include American political parties and elections, the U.S. Congress, voting behavior, public opinion, and research methods.

His latest book, Red Fighting Blue: How Geography and Electoral Rules Polarize American Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2017), demonstrates how the rise of the culture war, in combination with winner-take- all voting rules, has produced a regionally divided electorate and an ideologically divided party system in the United States. His previous book, Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats (Oxford University Press, 2016), co-authored with Matt Grossmann, investigates the ways in which the two major American political parties think differently about politics, rely on distinct sources of information, appeal to voters on different grounds, and choose unique governing styles. He is also the co-author of Presidential Elections: Strategies and Structures of American Politics (with Nelson W. Polsby, Aaron Wildavsky, and Steven E. Schier, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) and his research has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Polity, and American Politics Research. He is the author of a forthcoming book analyzing the causes and consequences of geographic polarization in American national elections that will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Professor Hopkins has written about contemporary political issues for news outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Vox, and he frequently serves as an expert commentator on American politics for international, national, and Boston-area media organizations. He blogs regularly about current events at honestgraft.com and can be found on Twitter at @DaveAHopkins.