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David Schultz

Professor of Political Science, Hamline University; Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
Areas of Expertise:
  • Government Agencies
  • Media & Public Opinion
  • Public Sector Reforms
  • Housing

About David

Schultz teaches across a wide-range of American politics classes including public policy and administration, campaigns and elections, government ethics, and election law.  He is a three-time Fulbright scholar and the author of more than 30 books, 12 legal treatises, and 150 articles on various aspects of American Politics, law, public policy, and administration. He has worked as a director of code enforcement, zoning, and planning in local government and as a housing and economic planner for a community action agency. Schultz has served as a member of the National Civil League's committee, drafting the most recent model city charter. He was also a chapter president and executive director of Common Cause Minnesota in addition to being vice-president for two state ACLU chapters. Schultz has done training for hundreds of non-profit and governmental units and agencies.

Briefs

American Politics in the Age of Ignorance

Podcast

Publications

Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter (Lexington Books, 2015).
Examines why some states are swingers in presidential elections, capable of being won by either of the major candidates. Describes what makes these few states unique and why the presidency is decided by who wins them.
Social Capital: Critical Perspectives on Community and Bowling Alone (New York University Press, 2002).
Investigates the role of social capital, trust, and membership in private associates have in the promotion of democracy in America.
Lights, Camera, Campaign! Media, Politics, and Political Advertising (Peter Lang Publishing, 2004).
Examines the changing role of the media and political advertising in American political campaigns and elections.
Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution (Facts on File, Inc., 2009).
Details the major cases, issues, controversies, and people important to understanding the U.S. Constitution.
Evicted! Property Rights and Eminent Domain in America (Praeger Press, 2009).
Investigates the legitimate role of eminent domain by the government and what standards must be made for a taking of private property to be considered a valid public use.
American Public Service: Constitutional and Ethical Foundations (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc. , 2010).
Seeks to understand what ethical standards or values uniquely define the public sector and distinguish it from the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Argues that ethical behavior in the public sector needs to be connected to the specific mandates imposed on it by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and American democratic theory.
American Politics in the Age of Ignorance: Why Lawmakers Choose Belief over Research (Macmillan/Palgrave, 2012).

Presents an analysis about what type of evidence elected officials use when making policy. Argues that the policy making process needs to be more evidence based that it presently is. Explains why the current policy process is not evidence based and it offers a list of 10 policy failures that are recurrently repeated by public officials.

Election Law and Democratic Theory (Ashgate, 2014).
Connects theories of American democracy to election law. Argues that election law constitutes the rules that make American democracy and that these rules need to be better guided by the values central to our concept of democracy. Examines topics ranging from the right to vote, ballot access, money in politics, reapportionment, and representation.

In the News

"Political Insider: Minnesota Tax Bill; Gun Control Sit-In," David Schultz, Interview with Tom Hauser, KSTP News, April 24, 2018.
David Schultz quoted in Kevin Featherly, "Constituent Refiles Dismissed Suit against Fischbach" Minnesota Lawyer, April 17, 2018.
David Schultz quoted on Supreme Court rulings in Esme Murphy, "AG Lori Swanson Joins Push to Tax Online-Only Retailers" CBS Minnesota, April 17, 2018.
Interview on current state of Russia-US relationsDavid Schultz, Sputnik International, April 17, 2018.
David Schultz quoted on the political power of Generation Z in Arick Wierson, "March for Our Lives Gun Control Rally Only Hints at the Political Power of Generation Z" CNBC, March 23, 2018.
Interview on the history of military conflicts involving the US David Schultz, Sputnik International, March 25, 2018.
David Schultz quoted on the duties of the Lieutenant Governor in Alan Greenblatt, "When Lieutenant Governors Leave, Some States Struggle to Fill the Position" Governing, March 27, 2018.
"The Tragedy and Farce That is Tim Pawlenty," David Schultz, MinnPost, April 10, 2018.
David Schultz quoted in Gordon Severson, "Who is to Blame for Government Shutdown?" KARE, January 22, 2018.
"Why a Constitutional Convention is a Bad Idea," David Schultz, Twin Cities Pioneer Press, March 18, 2018.
"The Ethical Problems of Trump’s Attorney," David Schultz, Minnesota Lawyer, March 5, 2018.
Interview on nuclear weapons in a multipolar worldDavid Schultz, Radio Sputnik, February 2, 2018.
David Schultz quoted on Minnesota precinct caucuses, "MN Precinct Caucuses: Worth the Trouble?" Public News Service, February 8, 2018.
David Schultz quoted in Bill Hudson, "Rep. Rick Nolan Retiring, Won’t Seek Re-Election" CBS Minnesota, February 9, 2018.
David Schultz quoted on gun control in the Minnesota governor's race, "Governor Candidate Walz Shifts Position on NRA" KFGO, February 21, 2018.
David Schultz quoted in Mary McGuire, "Fischbach Case Will Go to Supreme Court, Political Expert Believes" CBS Minnesota, February 13, 2018.
David Schultz quoted in Michael Archterling, "Dayton's Bonding Proposal Optimistic for UMN, but History Remains Less Certain" Minnesota Daily, January 31, 2018.
"In Our Post-Television Age, a New Opening for Campaign Finance Reform," David Schultz, The Hill, January 27, 2018.
David Schultz quoted in Kevin Featherly, "Rebecca Otto Confident Court Fight Worth Waging" Minnesota Lawyer, January 11, 2018.
"What is a Fact? The Scientific versus Political Definition," David Schultz, The Hill, March 11, 2017.
"The Case against Billing Protesters," David Schultz, Twin Cities Pioneer Press, January 29, 2017.
Guest to discuss the first presidential debate on KARE, David Schultz, September 26, 2016.
"As Scranton Goes in 2016...," David Schultz, Philly.com, August 22, 2016.
Guest to discuss swing states on CUNY Television, David Schultz, August 10, 2016.
"The Seven Deadly Sins of Political Punditry," David Schultz, Counter Punch, August 11, 2016.
"The Trump-Khan Saga: Was This Trump’s Joseph Welch Moment? — And Why It Will Not Hurt Him," David Schultz, Community Voices, MinnPost, August 1, 2016.
"Convention Cities Don't Necessarily Deliver States in November," David Schultz, The Hill, July 18, 2016.
David Schultz quoted on how voters are more concerned with domestic rather than foreign policy issues in Lesley Clark, "Clinton Pillories Trump's Foreign Policy, but History Says It Won't Help" News & Observer, June 2, 2016.
Guest to discuss Super Tuesday predictions on CBS Minnesota, David Schultz, February 28, 2016.
Guest to discuss defining the future of the Supreme Court on KARE, David Schultz, February 14, 2016.
Guest to discuss executive actions on ABC Local, David Schultz, January 5, 2016.
Interview on 2016 presidential electionsDavid Schultz, NBC KARE, January 1, 2016.
David Schultz quoted on 2016 election in Bill Martens, "Wisconsin Appears Likely to Fall to Democrats in 2016 Presidential Election, Political Scientist Says" Wisconsin Public Radio, December 17, 2015.
David Schultz's research on why the presidential race has been reduced to ten states discussed in "Schultz Publishes Book on Political Swing States," Hamline News, November 17, 2015.
Guest to discuss Congressional committee hearings on CBS News Minnesota, David Schultz, October 21, 2015.
"What Does It Mean to be a Democratic Socialist? Bernie Sanders May Not be One," David Schultz, International Policy Digest, October 24, 2015.
"Taking Democracy Back: The Case for Question 1, Campaign Finance Reform," David Schultz, Bangor Daily News, September 30, 2015.
David Schultz quoted on Scott Walker and Carly Fiorina in Lou Raguse, "Political Expert: Fiorina Won GOP Debate" KARE, September 17, 2015.
"The Corporate University and the Dumbing of the American Mind," David Schultz, Academe Blog, September 17, 2015.
"The Rise and Coming Demise of the Corporate University," David Schultz, American Association of University Professors, September 17, 2015.
"How Colleges are Following in the Footsteps of Failed K-12 Policies," David Schultz, Talking Points Memo, September 7, 2015.
Guest to discuss the 2016 presidential race on NBC KARE, David Schultz, September 7, 2015.
Guest to discuss requesting political asylum on CBS News Minnesota, David Schultz, September 3, 2015.
David Schultz's research on controlling campaign finance discussed in Michael RietmulderDavid Schultz, "Hamline's David Schultz May Have Solved our Campaign Finance Problem," City Pages, July 22, 2015.
"Technically, Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott Should be Disbarred," David Schultz, Talking Points Memo, July 15, 2015.
"A Federal Court Just Threatened Citizens United," David Schultz, Talking Points Memo, July 8, 2015.
David Schultz quoted on the consequences of disobeying the Supreme Court in Heather Brown, "What Happens When You Ignore the Supreme Court?" CBS Minnesota, June 30, 2015.
David Schultz quoted on the conflict of interest in Minnesota's medical marijuana program in Liz Collin, "Key State Official to Become CEO of Medical Cannabis Company" CBS Minnesota, June 11, 2015.
David Schultz quoted on Minnesota's partial government shutdown in Heidi Wigdahl, "Layoff Notices Pending for Nearly 9,500 State Workers" NBC KARE, May 31, 2015.
David Schultz quoted on Minnesota's recent legislative session in Blake McCoy, "Minnesota Legislature Gets an 'F'" NBC KARE, May 19, 2015.
"'Money is Speech' Was Never Spoken," David Schultz, National Law Journal, June 2, 2014.
"Is There a First Amendment Right to Lie in Politics?," David Schultz, Cleveland Plains Dealer, July 5, 2014.
"Non-Profits are No Place for Light Duty," David Schultz, Star Tribune, September 29, 2014.
"A Geek’s Guide to Political Polling," David Schultz, Minnpost, October 13, 2014.