J. David Alvis

J. David Alvis

Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
Ashbrook Center
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David Alvis is Associate Professor of Political Science at Wofford College. He received his Ph.D. from Fordham University in New York in Political Science and his master's in American Studies from the University of Dallas.  At Wofford, he teaches courses on American Politics including: The American Presidency, Constitutional Law, and Political Parties.  His publications include articles on the Electoral College, Progressivism and early twentieth century politics, and the Obama Presidency.  He has also published articles on John Ford’s The Searchers and is currently completing a piece on Michelangelo’s David.  With co-authors Jeremy Bailey and Flagg Taylor, he recently published the book The Contested Removal Power, 1789-2010.

Research Areas

Executive power
The Electoral College


Ph.D. - Fordham University, 2005
M.A. - University of Dallas, 1997
B.A. - University of Dallas, 1995

Courses Taught

AHG 502 - The American Founding
AHG 505 - The Progressive Era