David Romney

David Romney

Assistant Professor

Brigham Young University, Political Science

I am an assistant professor of political science at Brigham Young University. I am also associated with our programs in Middle East Studies/Arabic, International Relations, and International Development, as well as a faculty advisor in the Global Politics Lab. I earned my PhD at Harvard in 2020 and my BA at BYU in 2013.

I have two areas of research. The first focuses on ethnic and religious politics, where I study how citizens respond to ingroup policing and how their behavior is affected by minority/majority dynamics. My second area of research focuses on belief in and state promulgation of political conspiracy theories. My work is primarily based in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) and Southeast Asia regions and is published in the American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and International Studies Quarterly, among others.

I primarily teach undergraduate courses in comparative politics—an upper-level writing and seminar course focused on ethnic conflict, a class on the comparative politics of the Middle East, and a course on Israel-Palestine. I also teach our department’s undergraduate statistics course.

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