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David M. Primo

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Associate Professor of Political Science and Business Administration, University of Rochester

David M. Primo is Associate Professor of Political Science and Business Administration at the University of Rochester and Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.  He is an expert in American politics, campaign finance regulation, 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. Primo also has published articles in a dozen scholarly journals including the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, as well as in several edited volumes.  His research has been supported by numerous organizations, including the National Science Foundation.

Primo has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg News, and many other news outlets on government spending policy, budget rules, campaign finance law, and many other subjects. He has testified before Congress on the subject of constitutional budget rules, and his campaign finance research was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 2011 case addressing the public funding of elections.

Professor Primo teaches courses in American politics, business and public policy, entrepreneurship, and positive political theory.  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.