David M. Glick

I am an Associate Professor (and Director of Undergraduate Studies) 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 program called MetroBridge that pairs BU courses across levels and disciplines with local governments to bring real, applied, policy relevant research into BU classrooms. You can view my CV here


Much of my most recent work focuses on urban politics and policy, especially housing and development, with my colleagues Katie Einstein and Maxwell Palmer. This work includes our book, Neighborhood Defenders: Participatory Politics and America’s Housing Crisis, (Cambridge University Press, 2019). It also includes my work as a one of the lead investigators on Boston University’s annual Menino Survey of Mayors.

More generally, 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, Perspectives on Politics,  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 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 with one infant and two dogs, and doing amateur home improvement projects (no plumbing or electric). I’ve retired from playing pickup basketball with college kids, but still play soccer in a Sunday morning “Over the Hill” league.