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David Primo

David Primo 300 David M. Primo is the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor and Associate Professor of Political Science and Business Administration at the University of Rochester, where he currently serves as the Director of Graduate Studies in the Political Science Department He is an expert in American politics, campaign finance regulation, and fiscal policy, and his current research focuses on corporate strategy in political and other “nonmarket” environments.

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 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 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. He joined the Rochester faculty in 2002 after receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford University, where he also received an M.A. in Economics.