David Niven

David Niven

Associate Professor

Professional Summary

David Niven (Ph.D., Ohio State University) teaches American politics and conducts research on political campaigns, gerrymandering, political communication and death penalty policy. David is the author of several books including The Politics of Injustice: The Kennedys, The Freedom Rides and the Electoral Consequences of a Moral Compromise (University of Tennessee Press) and has published research in numerous journals including the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Polity, Social Science Quarterly, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and the Journal of Black Studies. David has testified as an expert witness and consulted on gerrymandering cases in state and federal courts and wrote an amicus brief submitted to the Ohio Supreme Court in Preterm Cleveland v. Yost. David's political analysis has been quoted widely including in the New York Times, Washington Post, and The New Yorker. David has worked as a speechwriter for political and academic leaders including Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, and Ohio State University President Gordon Gee.


Ph.D.: Ohio State University

Research Support

Grant: #R40228 Investigators:Niven, David 07-01-2020 -12-31-2021 UC's Collaborative Research Advancement Grant Program - Track 1: Pilot Teams Rethinking How Our Political World Takes Shape: The Individual-Level Origins of Gerrymandering Role:PI $10,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC


Peer Reviewed Publications

Niven, David. (2017. ) Can Republican African Americans Win African American Votes? A Field Experiment.Journal of Black Studies, , 48 (5 ) ,465-483. More Information

Niven, David, and Aliza Cover (2018. ) The Arbiters of Decency: A Study of Legislators' Eighth Amendment Role .Washington Law Review, , 93 ,1397

Niven, David (2019. ) The Effect of Economic Vulnerability on Protest Participation in the National Football League.Social Science Quarterly, , 100 (4 ) ,997 More Information

Niven, David, Alexis Straka, and Anwar Mhajne (2020. ) Who Reveals, Who Conceals? Candidate Gender and Policy Transparency.Political Research Quarterly, , More Information

Niven, David (2020. ) Stifling Workplace Activism: The Consequences of Anthem Protests for NFL Players.Social Science Quarterly, , More Information

Niven, David, and Ellen Donnelly. (2020. ) Who challenges disparities in capital punishment? An analysis of state legislative floor debate on death penalty reform.Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, , More Information

Niven, David, Benjamin Plener Cover, and Michael Solimine (2021. ) Are Individuals Harmed by Gerrymandering? Examining Access to Congressional District Offices.Social Science Quarterly, , 102 (1 ) ,29 More Information

Niven, David (2021. ) Aversive Racism at the Ballot Box: A Field Experiment on the Effects of Race and Negative Information in Local Elections.Social Science Journal, , More Information

Cover, Benjamin Plener and David Niven (2021. ) Geographic Gerrymandering .Harvard Law & Policy Review, ,

Exum, Jelani Jefferson and David Niven (2021. ) Where Black Lives Matter Less: Understanding the Impact of Black Victims on Sentencing Outcomes in Texas Capital Murder Cases from 1973 to 2018 .Saint Louis University Law Journal, ,

Niven, David (2021. ) Who Says Shut Up and Dribble? Race and the Response to Athletes' Political Activism .Journal of African American Studies, , More Information

Niven, David (2022. ) Policing Polling Places in the United States: The Negative Effect of Police Presence on African American Turnout in an Alabama Election.Democracy and Security, , More Information

Niven, David, and Michael Solimine. (2022. ) Representing People and Places: Castaway Voters and the Racial Disparity in Redistricting.Election Law Journal, , More Information

Niven, David (2022. ) Stereotypes versus Self-Interest: Race and the NFL Draft .SN Social Sciences, , More Information

Niven, David, Barbara Harris Combs, Carolette Norwood, Kalyn Rossiter, Michael E. Solimine (2022. ) The Boundaries of Confusion: Gerrymandering and Racial Disparities in State House and Congressional District Line Congruity.Social Science Quarterly, , More Information

Niven, David, Stephen Bryant, Francesca Gottardi, Yorkow Oppon-Acquah, and Mustafa Sagir. (2023. ) Personal Belief Versus Universal Truth: Religion Rhetoric in Death Penalty Policy Debates in the United States .Social Science Journal, ,

Niven, David. (2023. ) The Racial Disparity in the Major League Baseball Draft, 1965-2001 .SN Social Sciences, ,

Niven, David. (2023. ) The influence of gerrymandering on abortion policy in the United States .Routledge Open, ,

Niven, David (2021. ) Watergate and Vietnam Shift a News Paradigm: Documenting the Evolution of Magazine Coverage of Presidential Popularity .The journal of magazine media, , 21 (1 ) ,80

Courses Taught

American Political Thought

Elections in America

American Congress

Government and Politics of Ohio

Sports and Politics