Dave Peterson

Dave Peterson

  • Lucken Professor of Political Science


Contact Info

541 Ross
527 Farm House Ln.


  • B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College, 1995
  • Ph. D. University of Minnesota, 2000

I am the Lucken Professor of  Political Science, in the Department of Political Science at Iowa State University, and former editor of Political Behavior. My research focuses on American politics, particularly elections, public opinion, and voting behavior.  My book Ignored Racism was published by Cambridge University Press and was the co-recipient of the 2021 Best Book Award from the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. I have several current projects I am working on.  The first examines the role of political interest in mass politics.  The second develops new tools for automated capturing and coding of online political ads and state legislators' Twitter feeds.  You can find my cv here.


Politics and Society

Thinking Like a Political Scientist: Quantitative Approaches

State and Local Government

Campaigns and Elections