Dante Scala

Master in Public Policy Faculty
Faculty Fellow
Phone: (603) 862-1519
Office: Political Science, Horton Social Science Center Rm 322, Durham, NH 03824
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Dante J. Scala is professor of 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 two decades, 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

Research Interests

  • American elections and campaigns
  • Campaign finance
  • Presidential nomination process
  • Voter demography

Courses Taught

  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Political Science
  • POLT 402: American Politics & Government
  • POLT 504: American Presidency
  • POLT 505: American Congress
  • POLT 521: Rights & Political Community
  • POLT 584: Top/The End of Democracy
  • POLT 595: Smart Politics
  • POLT 602B: Washington Center Internship
  • POLT 696: Independent Study
  • POLT 797B/897B: Sem/2020 US Elections
  • POLT 798B/898B: Sem/Midterm Congrssnal Elctns
  • 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. (2018). THE FUZZY FRONTRUNNER Donald Trump and the Role of Ideology in Presidential Nomination Politics. In ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF PRIMARY ELECTIONS (pp. 290-306). Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

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., & Johnson, K. M. (2016). Red Rural, Blue Rural: The Geography of Presidential Voting in Rural America. The Geography Teacher, 13(3), 118-123. doi:10.1080/19338341.2016.1200339

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. Palgrave Macmillan US. doi:10.1057/9781403976765

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