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Professor of Political Science and International Relations, The University of Western Australia

David Denemark is a Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Western Australia. He completed his PhD in Comparative Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, and has taught at UWA since 1990, following a three-year stint of teaching at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Denemark is an expert on political trust and attitudes toward democracy, electoral politics, and the political impact of the mass media on voting and campaigns in Anglo-American democracies. His recent research has explored citizen attitudes toward terrorism and security policies around the world, gender and voter evaluations of Australian leaders, and popular attitudes toward democracy and democratic institutions in emerging and established democracies. He has taught American Politics and a comparative unit on US, British and Australian electoral politics for 20 years at UWA, and teaches a Mass Communication unit at UWA and its offshore programs in Hong Kong and Singapore. He recently won an Australian Prime Ministers Centre Fellowship to conduct survey-based research on gender and attitudes toward Julia Gillard in her historic role as the nation’s first female prime minister.


  • –present
    Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Western Australia