Montana State University

College of Letters and Science

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172360
Bozeman, MT 59717-2360

Tel: (406) 994-4288
Fax: (406) 994-7580
Location: 2-205 Wilson Hall


Nicol C. Rae

David Parker, Political Science

David Parker

David C.W. Parker is an associate professor of political science at Montana State University. He is the author of The Power of Money in Congressional Campaigns, 1880-2006 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press), as well as articles on the consequences of divided government and how members of Congress employ their office expenditures to build reputations with constituents. His article, “Making a Good Impression: Resource Allocations, Home Styles, and Washington Work,” won the 2010 Alan Rosenthal Award from the American Political Science Association.

Professor Parker is currently writing two books on Senate campaigns, with one (“Battle for the Big Sky”) focusing on the 2012 Montana Senate race between Senator Jon Tester and Congressman Denny Rehberg.

His public outreach is extensive, including frequent media commentary for local, state and national news outlets, a blog entitled Big Sky Political Analysis ( and regular speaking appearances.

Read more:

New technologies make campaign more personal, MSU political analyst says

Parker signs book, talks about evolution of political campaigns on Oct. 11

People in Education: David Parker receives award from American Political Science Association

MSU political scientists provide political analysis blog

Parker lectures about why senators lose re-election Nov. 30 at Bozeman Public Library