David M. Primo

Senior Affiliated Scholar
Associate Professor of Political Science and Business Administration, University of Rochester

David M. Primo is a Senior Affiliated Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His primary appointment is as the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor and Associate Professor of Political Science and Business Administration at the University of Rochester. He is an expert in American politics, campaign finance law, corporate political strategy, corporate social responsibility, and fiscal policy.

Professor Primo is the author of three books, including the award-winning Rules and Restraint: Government Spending and the Design of Institutions, and numerous professional journal articles.  His research has been supported by several organizations, including the National Science Foundation.

Primo has published op-eds in and been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg News, and many other news outlets on topics including government spending policy, budget rules, and campaign finance law. He has testified before Congress on the subject of constitutional budget rules and budget process reform, and his campaign finance research was cited in 2011 by Chief Justice John Roberts in a US Supreme Court decision regarding the public funding of elections.

Professor Primo teaches courses in American politics, corporate political strategy, and innovation and global business. He is a recipient of a 2005 Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Education, as well as a 2005 Undergraduate Professor of the Year Award given by the University of Rochester Students’ Association. In 2018, he was awarded the University of Rochester’s Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He joined the Rochester faculty in 2002 after receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford University, where he also received an M.A. in Economics. Dr. Primo can be reached at 585-273-4779 or david.primo@rochester.edu.

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