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David A. Bositis, Ph.D.
Acting Vice President
Civic Engagement and Governance Institute
Dr. David A. Bositis (B.A., Northwestern; M.A., Ph.D, Southern Illinois University), who has been at the Joint Center since 1990, is the author, co-author or editor of six books, fifteen monographs, and numerous scholarly articles, analyses, and reports. Dr. Bositis has taught political science and sociology at the George Washington University and SUNY-Potsdam.
Since 1992, Dr. Bositis has designed and managed 32 national surveys for the Joint Center, which have included approximately 40,000 respondents. These surveys include studies done for the U.S. Army, HBO, Pfizer, Fortune, AARP, and other U.S. corporations. These surveys have included national and state surveys of the African American and Hispanic populations and the general population, as well as specialized national surveys of black elected officials, young adults, black churches, minority owned businesses, black professionals, and social workers. Dr. Bositis has written many Op-Ed pieces for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other leading newspapers.
Dr. Bositis is a voting rights and redistricting expert, who has published widely in this area, and has appeared as an expert witness in both state and federal court. Dr. Bositis worked with the late Judge A. Leon Higgenbotham, Jr. in defending majority-minority districts following the U.S. Supreme Court's Shaw v. Reno decision. Dr. Bositis' research was cited by Justice Stevens in the Bush v. Vera case.
Dr. Bositis is a scholar and theorist of political parties and representation and has written extensively on those topics, including the Congressional Black Caucus. Since 1992, he has written the popular monograph series, Blacks and the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. In 2000, the U.S. State Department sent Dr. Bositis to Tanzania, Zanzibar, Zambia, and South Africa to speak on issues of representation. Dr. Bositis traveled to Benin several times in the mid-1990s to provide training and to work with NGOs that were conducting presidential election studies.
Dr. Bositis is also a scholar of black politics and voting, and the Joint Center has published his election analyses following each national election since 1992. Since 1997, Dr. Bositis has also been the author of the Joint Center series on black elected officials entitled Black Elected Officials: A Statistical Analysis.
Dr. Bositis is also a Joint Center subject matter expert. Details on his areas of expertise can be viewed here.