David M. Glick

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Boston University.  My primary research and teaching interests include political institutions – especially courts, public opinion about institutions, policy diffusion, law, and urban politics. Additionally, I co-developed, and teach, a course about all of the politics, policy, and social science in HBO’s the Wire (named “coolest class to take at BU” by Boston.com) .  I am also the faculty director of a new program “MetroBridge” that pairs BU courses at all levels and across all disciplines with local governments to bring real, applied, policy relevant research work into the classroom. You can view my CV here


My research has appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Political Behavior, Public Opinion Quarterly, American Politics Research, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. It has been recognized by the APSA Law and Courts section (best grad student paper, best journal article), Urban Politics section (best conference paper) and Western Political Science Association (best conference paper). I am currently studying the interaction of public opinion, the Supreme Court, and major recent cases using data from panel surveys that I collected with my BU colleague Dino Christenson.

I am also studying urban politics and policy, especially housing and development, with my colleagues Katie Einstein and Maxwell Palmer. Part of this work includes being one of the lead investigators on Boston University’s Menino Survey of Mayors. Much of it is part of our book project focused on the “Participatory Politics of Housing”

I grew up near Boston. Before graduate school at Princeton I was an undergraduate at Williams College and worked in Cambridge for two years as a strategy consultant with the Monitor Group. I also spent two years as a fellow at the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth. I spend much of my free time staying active, and doing amateur home improvement projects. I  play quite a bit of basketball (pickup with college kids) and soccer (in a Sunday morning “over 30” league).