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David C. Wilson
Associate Dean for the Social Sciences
Professor of Political Science
University of Delaware
4 Kent Way
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-2793
Fax: 302-831-6398

Biography

I am currently the interim associate dean for social sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a professor in the Department of Political Science & International Relations at the University of Delaware.  I also hold joint appointments in the Department of Psychology, and the Black American Studies (BAMS) program.   I also hold an appointment with the University of Delaware Center for Political Communications.  Generally, I study American Politics (political behavior) and Survey Research Methodology (context effects), and teach courses in data and statistical analysis, public opinion, political psychology, and applied survey research.

My research focuses on how individuals use racial, gendered, and other social group information to formulate their expressed public opinions and attitudes. In American politics this includes examining the ways in which group cues influence  public opinion.  In the area of survey research I focus on interviewer effects, question order and wording effects, survey experiments, and the role of social desirability in survey response.

I am currently working on projects examining resentment, communication framing and question order effects, the valence of measuring group attitudes, and public opinion toward felony voting rights and voter ID laws.

Prior to my position at U of DE, I was a Senior Statistical Consultant with The Gallup Organization in Washington, DC, and a Consultant with SPSS, a statistical software company.  I earned a B.A. degree in Government from Western Kentucky University, and a M.PA. (public policy and administration), M.A., and Ph.D. in Political Science from Michigan State University.

Originally from Nashville, TN, I currently reside in Bear, DE.  I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, hiking, road bike cycling, and racquetball.

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