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David Wiltse

David Wiltse PhD


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 COVID attitudes, parties, elections, and campaign finance.

Alongside his research partner, Dr. Filip Viskupič, Wiltse launched The SDSU Poll in 2020. This has provided a wealth of data for numerous projects that have been published in political science, public health, sociology, pharmacy, biology, and medical journals with numerous collaborators across several disciplines.


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
COVID Attitudes and Mitigation Behaviors

Awards and Honors

2022 Award for Outstanding Researcher of the Year in Social Science - CAHSS
2020 Sewrey Faculty Colloquium on Research - Lecturer

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


“Drivers of COVID-19 ‘Booster Hesitancy’ Among Nurses.” Forthcoming at: American Journal of Infection Control (with Filip Viskupič).
"Older Adults’ Attitudes toward Various COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates" (with Filip Viskupič) forthcoming at Aging and Social Policy.
"COVID-19 parental vaccine hesitancy among nurses." Forthcoming at Journal of Community Health (with Filip Viskupič).
“Political Partisanship and Trust in Government Predict Popular Support for COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Various Professions and Demographic Groups.” Forthcoming at American Politics Research. (with Filip Viskupič).
"Pocketbook versus Identity? Farmers’ Attitudes towards International Trade." 2022. Forthcoming at Social Science Journal. (with Filip Viskupič and Evren Celik Wiltse)
"Beyond Vaccination: Messaging From Religious Leaders Can Help Increase Adherence to COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines Following Vaccination." 2022. (with Filip Viskupič and Brittney Meyer) forthcoming at The Social Science Journal.
"Attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccine mandate: The role of psychological characteristics and partisan self-identification." 2023. Personality and Individual Differences 206: 112119 (with Filip Viskupič and Alper Kayaalp).
"Trust in physicians predicts COVID-19 vaccine booster hesitancy among older adults." 2023. Aging and Health Research 3 (1) 100127 (with Filip Viskupič).
"Reminders of Existing Vaccine Mandates Increase Support for a COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: Evidence from a Survey Experiment" Vaccine 40 (51): 7483-7487. (with Filip Viskupič and Abdallah Badahdah)
"Trust in Physicians and Trust in Government Predict COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake." 2022. Social Science Quarterly 103 (3): 509-520. (with Filip Viskupič and Brittney Meyer)
"The Messenger Matters: Religious Leaders and Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy." 2022. PS: Political Science and Politics 55(3):504-509. (with Filip Viskupič)
"Pharmacology Focus: Understanding and Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitation in South Dakota." 2022. South Dakota Medicine 75 (3): 139-140. (with Filip Viskupič and Brittney Meyer)
"Pharmacists to Partner with Religious Leaders to Overcome Vaccination Hesitancy" 2022. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association 62 (1): 302-304. (With Brittney Meyer and Filip Viskupič)
"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:

“Older employees attitudes during COVID” at Journal of Workplace Behavior and Health(with Alper Kayaalp, Filip Viskupič, and Lisa Sublett) currently under review at the Journal of Workplace Behavior and Health.
"Message framing, partisanship, and popular support for COVID-19 vaccine mandate: Evidence from a preregistered survey experiment" (with Filip Viskupič) currently under review at American Politics Research.
"Increasing patients’ trust in physicians to overcome COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy" (with Filip Viskupič and Brittney Meyer) currently under review at Journal of Public Health Policy.
“Partisan self-identification predicts attitudes of nurses toward the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.” Under review at: Journal of Health Policy and Technology (with Filip Viskupič).
"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