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David Schultz

Professor of Political Science, Hamline University
Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Minnesota

About David

Schultz is Distinguished University Professor in the Departments of Political Science, Environmental Studies, and Legal Studies at Hamline University. He is also a professor of Law at the University of Minnesota. Schultz has a B.A. and M.A. in political science and philosophy, a J.D. and LLM in law, a Ph.D. in political science, and a masters degree in astronomy. He is a three-time Fulbright scholar who has taught extensively in Europe and Asia, and the winner of the Leslie A. Whittington national award for excellence in public affairs teaching. He is the author of more than 35 books and 200+ articles.


American Politics in the Age of Ignorance

No Jargon Podcast

In the News

"What We Should or Should Not Infer from Iowa and New Hampshire," David Schultz, Community Voices, MinnPost, February 13, 2020.
David Schultz's research on First Amendment protections discussed by Matt Vasilogambros, "Political Candidates Don’t Always Tell the Truth (And You Can’t Make Them)," PewTrusts Stateline, March 21, 2019.
"2020 Candidate Close-Ups: Sanders Joins The Race, Klobuchar's Presidential Bid," David Schultz, Interview with Meghna Chakrabarti, WBUR On Point, February 19, 2019.
David Schultz's research on the legislature's agenda discussed by Heidi Wigdahl, "Could Minnesota be Next to Legalize Marijuana?," Kare11, December 3, 2018.
David Schultz's research on Minnesota elections discussed by Mary McGuire, "Final Push Sets In Before Minnesota Primary," CBS Minnesota, August 28, 2018.
David Schultz's research on agricultural aid discussed by Bisi Onile-Ere, "What Trump's $12 Billion Aid Package Means for Minnesota Farmers," Fox 9, July 24, 2018.
"What Could a New Supreme Court Justice Mean for Us?," David Schultz, Interview with Katie Moritz, NPR, July 21, 2018.
David Schultz's research on Minnesota politics discussed by Carlisle Ford Runge, "We Shouldn't Forget to Remember Tim Pawlenty," Minneapolis Post, July 6, 2018.
David Schultz quoted by Paul LeBlanc, "Donald Trump's IRS Nominee Didn't Disclose He Owned Multiple Properties in Trump Hotel" Newsweek, June 28, 2018.
David Schultz quoted by Josh Rosenthal, "Group Files Suit, Seeking Data to Bolster Claims of Ineligible Voting in Minnesota" 6 ABC News, June 22, 2018.
David Schultz's research on political rallies discussed by John Lauritsen, "Who Pays for Presidential Rallies?," CBS Minnesota, June 21, 2018.
David Schultz's research on primaries discussed by Esme Murphy, "After Avalanche Of Filings, Election Officials Brace For Busy Primary," CBS Minnesota, June 6, 2018.
David Schultz quoted by Alina Tugend, "Colleges Grapple With Where — or Whether — to Draw the Line on Free Speech" The New York Times, June 5, 2018.
David Schultz's research on presidential pardons discussed by Heather Brown, "Can The President Really Pardon Himself?," CBS Minnesota, June 4, 2018.
David Schultz quoted on campaign finance law by Danielle Mclean, "Minnesota Senate Candidate Writes Laws Impacting Her Real Estate Business" Think Progress, May 16, 2018.
David Schultz quoted by Kevin Featherly, "Marty Still Mulls Suit over Mega-Bills" Minnesota Lawyer, May 2, 2018.
"Political Insider: Minnesota Tax Bill; Gun Control Sit-In," David Schultz, Interview with Tom Hauser, KSTP News, April 24, 2018.
David Schultz quoted by Kevin Featherly, "Constituent Refiles Dismissed Suit against Fischbach" Minnesota Lawyer, April 17, 2018.
Interview on current state of Russia-US relations David Schultz, Sputnik International, April 17, 2018.
David Schultz quoted on Supreme Court rulings by Esme Murphy, "AG Lori Swanson Joins Push to Tax Online-Only Retailers" CBS Minnesota, April 17, 2018.
"The Tragedy and Farce That is Tim Pawlenty," David Schultz, MinnPost, April 10, 2018.
David Schultz quoted on the duties of the Lieutenant Governor by Alan Greenblatt, "When Lieutenant Governors Leave, Some States Struggle to Fill the Position" Governing, March 27, 2018.
Interview on the history of military conflicts involving the US David Schultz, Sputnik International, March 25, 2018.
David Schultz quoted on the political power of Generation Z by Arick Wierson, "March for Our Lives Gun Control Rally Only Hints at the Political Power of Generation Z" CNBC, March 23, 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.
David Schultz quoted by Mary McGuire, "Fischbach Case Will Go to Supreme Court, Political Expert Believes" CBS Minnesota, February 13, 2018.
David Schultz quoted by Bill Hudson, "Rep. Rick Nolan Retiring, Won’t Seek Re-Election" CBS Minnesota, February 9, 2018.
David Schultz quoted on Minnesota precinct caucuses, "MN Precinct Caucuses: Worth the Trouble?" Public News Service, February 8, 2018.
Interview on nuclear weapons in a multipolar world David Schultz, Radio Sputnik, February 2, 2018.
"In Our Post-Television Age, a New Opening for Campaign Finance Reform," David Schultz, The Hill, January 27, 2018.
David Schultz quoted by Gordon Severson, "Who is to Blame for Government Shutdown?" KARE, January 22, 2018.
David Schultz quoted by 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.
"The Seven Deadly Sins of Political Punditry," David Schultz, Counter Punch, August 11, 2016.
Guest to discuss swing states on CUNY Television, David Schultz, August 10, 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 by 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 elections David Schultz, NBC KARE, January 1, 2016.
David Schultz quoted on 2016 election by Bill Martens, "Wisconsin Appears Likely to Fall to Democrats in 2016 Presidential Election, Political Scientist Says" Wisconsin Public Radio, December 17, 2015.
"What Does It Mean to be a Democratic Socialist? Bernie Sanders May Not be One," David Schultz, International Policy Digest, October 24, 2015.
Guest to discuss Congressional committee hearings on CBS News Minnesota, David Schultz, October 21, 2015.
"Taking Democracy Back: The Case for Question 1, Campaign Finance Reform," David Schultz, Bangor Daily News, September 30, 2015.
"The Rise and Coming Demise of the Corporate University," David Schultz, American Association of University Professors, September 17, 2015.
"The Corporate University and the Dumbing of the American Mind," David Schultz, Academe Blog, 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 by Michael Rietmulder, "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 by 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 by Liz Collin, "Key State Official to Become CEO of Medical Cannabis Company" CBS Minnesota, June 11, 2015.
"A Geek’s Guide to Political Polling," David Schultz, Minnpost, October 13, 2014.
"Non-Profits are No Place for Light Duty," David Schultz, Star Tribune, September 29, 2014.
"Is There a First Amendment Right to Lie in Politics?," David Schultz, Cleveland Plains Dealer, July 5, 2014.
"'Money is Speech' Was Never Spoken," David Schultz, National Law Journal, June 2, 2014.


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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.