Dante J. Scala

Master in Public Policy Faculty
Faculty Fellow
Phone: (603) 862-1519
Office: Political Science, Horton SSC Rm 322, Durham, NH 03824
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Dante J. Scala is an associate professor in political science at the University of New Hampshire, a Carsey Faculty Fellow and Master in Public Policy Faculty. He has studied the changing political demographics of New Hampshire for more than a decade, and his expertise is recognized locally and nationally.

His recently published work include case studies of several recent New Hampshire elections. He took part in a multi-state study of campaign communications in 2008, funded by the Pew Foundation and published by Temple University Press. His current work includes a study of campaign finance in the era of super PACs.

Dante is a graduate of Villanova University. He holds a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Chicago.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Chicago
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Chicago
  • B.A., Philosophy, Villanova University

Courses Taught

  • POLT 402: American Politics & Government
  • POLT 504: American Presidency
  • POLT 505: American Congress
  • POLT 580: Top/NH Presidential Primary
  • POLT 584: Top/The End of Democracy
  • POLT 595: Smart Politics
  • POLT 602: Washington Center Internship
  • POLT 797: Sem/US Presidential Elections
  • PPOL 906: Fundamentals Policy Analysis

Selected Publications

Scala, D. J. (2018). New Hampshire. In Presidential Swing States. Rowman & Littlefield.

Scala, D. J. (2018). Swinging in Place: New Hampshire?s Presidential Elections, 1992-2016. The New England Journal of Political Science, X(1).

Scala, D. J. (2018). The Fuzzy Frontrunner. In Handbook on Primary Elections. Routledge.

Scala, D. J., & Johnson, K. M. (2017). Political Polarization along the Rural-Urban Continuum? The Geography of the Presidential Vote, 2000?2016. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 672(1), 162-184. doi:10.1177/0002716217712696

Scala, D. J. (2017). The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker . By Katherine J. Cramer. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.. The Journal of Politics, 79(2), e33-e34. doi:10.1086/691264

Scala, D. J., Johnson, K. M., & Rogers, L. T. (2015). Red rural, blue rural? Presidential voting patterns in a changing rural America. Political Geography, 48, 108-118. doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2015.02.003

Scala, D. J. (2008). No Country for Old Men?. Society, 45(5), 410-411. doi:10.1007/s12115-008-9132-2

Scala, D. J. (2003). Re-reading the Tea Leaves: New Hampshire as a Barometer of Presidential Primary Success. Political Science and Politics, 36(02), 187-192. doi:10.1017/S1049096503002051

Scala, D. J. (2003). Stormy Weather: The New Hampshire Primary and Presidential Politics. doi:10.1057/9781403976765

Scala, D. J. (2002). Henry sumner Maine?sAncient law. Society, 39(4), 46-54. doi:10.1007/BF02712640

Most Cited Publications