David T. Buckley – Executive Committee

University of Louisville Department of Political Science

Dave is Paul Weber Chair in Politics, Science and Religion and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville. He holds a PhD in Government from Georgetown University, and an M.A. in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queen’s University Belfast, where he studied as a George C. Mitchell Scholar. He served as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in the State Department’s Office of Religion in Global Affairs in 2016-17.

Research Interests

Dave is a comparativist, with cross-regional research focused on the relationship between religion and democracy. His first book, Faithful to Secularism: The Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal and the Philippines (Columbia 2017) examined the endurance of secular democracy in cases of politically active religious majorities. Other articles touch on a range of topics, from religion and environmental politics to public opinion of Muslim minorities in Western Europe. He is currently working on two primary research projects. The first examines the changing place of religion in the U.S. foreign policy bureaucracy during the Trump Administration. The second blends quantitative and qualitative methods to document the nature and effects of religious responses to President Duterte’s drug war in the Philippines.

Selected Research

Buckley, David T. Faithful to Secularism: The Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal, and the Philippines. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2017.

Buckley, David T. “Demanding the Divine? Explaining Cross-National Support for Clerical Control of Politics.” Comparative Political Studies 49, no. 3 (2016): 357-90.

Buckley, David T. “Beyond the Secularism Trap: Religion, Political Institutions and Democratic Commitments.” Comparative Politics 47, no. 4 (July 2015).