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David Wiltse



Associate Professor of Political Science

Office Building

West Hall



Mailing Address

West Hall 220
School of American & Global Studies-Box 0510
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Dr. David Wiltse is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of American and Global Studies, and director of The SDSU Poll. Wiltse earned his PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, his MA from Cal State Fullerton, and his BA at Montana State University. Prior to SDSU, he was an Assistant Professor at Briar Cliff University and Dr. Lecturer at Hacettepe University in Ankara Turkey. His research focuses on parties, elections, and campaign finance.


PhD University of Massachusetts Amherst 2006
MA California State University Fullerton 1996
BA Montana State University 1993

Academic Interests/Expertise

American Politics
Political Parties
Campaign Finance

Professional Memberships

American Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association
Western Political Science Association

Work Experience

2019-present Associate Professor South Dakota State University
2013-2019 Assistant Professor South Dakota State University
2010-2013 Assistant Professor Briar Cliff University
2012 Visiting Assistant Professor TOBB Economic and Technical University-Ankara, Turkey
2006-2010 Doctor Lecturer Hacettepe University- Ankara, Turkey

Creative Activities


"Pharmacists to Partner with Religious Leaders to Overcome Vaccination Hesitancy" 2021. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. Forthcoming. (With Brittney Meyer and Filip Viskupic)
"Typologies of Finance Systems: A Comparative Study of How Countries Regulate Party Finance and their Institutional Foundations" 2019. Election Law Journal 18 (3): 243-261. (with Raymond J. La Raja and Dorie Apollonio).
"Making it Visible: Presidential Endorsement Decisions of Members of Congress in the Invisible Primary, 1996-2016" 2019. New England Journal of Political Science. 11 (1):51-87.
"Subsidizing Equality: Do Clean Elections Encourage Female Candidates to Emerge in State Legislative Elections“ 2018. Election Law Journal 17 (2): 85-99.
"Money That Draws No Interest: Public Financing of Legislative Elections and Candidate Emergence." 2015. Election Law Journal 14 (4): 392-410 (with Raymond J. La Raja).
“Don’t Blame Donors for Ideological Polarization of Political Parties: Ideological Change and Stability Among Political Contributors, 1972-2008.” 2012. American Politics Research 40 (3): 499-528 (with Raymond J. La Raja).
“The Congressional Elections of 2010 and Turkish Interests in the Congress.” 2011. Insight Turkey 13 (1): 27-36.

Working papers:

"The Messenger Matters: Religious Leaders and Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy" (with Filip Viskupic) currently under review.
"Beyond Vaccination: Messaging From Religious Leaders Can Help Increase Adherence to COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines Following Vaccination" (with Filip Viskupic and Brittney Meyer) currently under review.
"Pharmacists to Partner with Religious Leaders to Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy Amongst Christians" (with Filip Viskupic and Brittney Meyer) conditionally accepted at the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.
"Trust in Physicians and Trust in Government Predict COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake" (with Filip Viskupic and Brittney Meyer) currently under review.
"Polarization Without Ideology: Ideal Point Estimation of Deputies in the Turkish Parliament" (with Emre Erdogan and Evren Celik Wiltse).

Co-Principal Investigator, "The Candidate Emergence and Public Financing of Elections Dataset" available at:“persistentId=doi%3A10.7910%2FDVN%2FYVNQOM

Area(s) of Research

Director of The SDSU Poll