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Academics - Political Science Faculty & Staff

Academics - Political Science Faculty & Staff

David J. Hadley

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Curriculum vitae

David Hadley teaches courses in American politics, including ones that focus on political institutions and political behavior. He regularly teaches the Introduction to American politics, Congress and the Presidency, state and local politics, a course on political parties, elections, and interest groups, and methods and statistics for political science. He recently offered special topics courses on Women in American Politics and The American Voter: Can S/he Be Trusted. Professor Hadley is a regular contributor to the Freshman Tutorial program, in recent offering years tutorial courses on political cartoons, The New York Times, and Fly Fishing: The Liberal Art, a course that begins with an immersion trip to Bozeman, MT.

Professor Hadley’s research and scholarship focuses on political parties and interest groups in Indiana and on opinion polarization in American politics. In addition to research into Indiana politics and government, Prof. Hadley is actively involved in it. He was elected to two terms on a local school board, which he chaired for six years. While on sabbatical leave he worked on the legislative staff of Governor Evan Bayh. He served for seven years on the Indiana State Ethics Commission, five years as its chairman. He has chaired the Montgomery County Democratic Party, run and lost races for County Commissioner and County Council, and is a member of the Crawfordsville Plan Commission. 

Professor Hadley and his wife, Sheridan, make their home on seven acres five minutes from the Wabash campus. They have two horses, a donkey named Roosevelt, and a beagle named Truman. They travel frequently to the American southwest where he fly fishes, she rides, and they hike.


Indiana University, Ph.D., 1974, political science
Indiana University, M.A., 1969, political science
Indiana University, B.A., 1966, journalism


PSC 111 Introduction to American Politics
PSC 311 Congress and the Presidency
PSC 261 Methods and Statistics for Political Science
PSC 312 Parties, Elections, and Interest Groups
PSC 317 State and Local Politics
PSC 371 Special Topic: Women in American Politics
PSC 371 Special Topic: The American Voter: Can S/he Be Trusted
Freshman Tutorial: Fly Fishing: The Liberal Art


“Polarization and Depolarization in the 2000 Presidential Election,” a paper presented at the 2005 annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association (with Justin R. Grimmer).

"A History of Indiana Politics," invited lecture, National Conference of State Legislatures, Indianapolis, IN, 1999.

"Competitive Political Parties: Alive in Indiana," IN-Roads: The Journal of the Sycamore Institute, Vol. 2, No. 3(Summer 1998).

"Indiana," in Andrew M. Appleton and Daniel S. Ward (eds.) State Party Profiles: A 50-State Guide to Development, Organization, and Resources. (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 1997).


Faculty Fellow, Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts, Wabash College, Fall 2004.

McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Award for Teaching Excellence, Wabash College, 1990.

Lilly Endowment Faculty Open Fellowship, 1990-91.

Senior Fellow for Legislative Relations, Office of the Governor of Indiana, 1990-91.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers - University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1976-77

Phi Beta Kappa

NDEA Fellowship for Graduate Study

Woodrow Wilson Foundation Dissertation Fellowship