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Professor of Political Science, Meredith College

David McLennan (Ph.D., the University of Texas at Austin) is currently a visiting professor of political science at Meredith College. McLennan’s research expertise includes: the impact of negative advertising on political attitudes, image restoration for politicians in trouble, and barriers to women’s electoral success.

In addition to being a media analyst, McLennan is a sought-after speaker on national and state politics. He speaks regularly to civic groups about politics. His recent speeches have discussed the impact of independent expenditure spending on electoral politics, the decline in political communication, and predictions about the 2014 midterm elections.

In 2003, McLennan founded the North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service (NCCWPS), a partnership with the Women’s Forum of North Carolina. The organization was created to recruit and train women from across the state to seek appointed and elected office. As head of research and programs, McLennan helped create the Women in Office, Women on Board, and Women at the Table programs. He helped the NCCWPS merge with the Institute of Political Leadership, where he leads the collegiate and women’s programs.


  • –present
    Visiting Professor of Political Science, Meredith College