David O’Connell is an assistant professor of political science at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. His major research interests are the American presidency and the role of religion in American politics.
David O’Connell's first book, God Wills It: Presidents and the Political Use of Religion, reveals the hidden strategy behind presidential religious speech and asks whether such language is influential.
David O’Connell is an active media commentator on American politics, having appeared on C-SPAN and all the major television stations in Pennsylvania, and has been frequently cited by print outlets ranging from CNN to The Christian Science Monitor.
O’Connell’s research and writings have been published in academic journals including Presidential Studies Quarterly and Political Science Quarterly.
In 2018, David O’Connell won the college's most prestigious award for excellence in teaching.
David O’Connell received his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, and holds a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dickinson College's highest award for inspirational teaching, the Ganoe Award
Student Senate Faculty of the Year, Dickinson College
Faculty Fellowship, Columbia University
Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Society
Multiple time department and student nominee for Columbia Presidential Teaching Awards