David Schultz

David Schultz

David Schultz is Distinguished University Professor in the Departments of Political Science, Environmental Studies, and Legal Studies at Hamline University. He is also a professor of Law at the University of Minnesota. David has a B.A. and M.A. in political science and philosophy, a J.D. and LLM in law, a Ph.D. in political science, and a masters degree in astronomy. A three-time Fulbright scholar who has taught extensively in Europe and Asia, and the winner of the Leslie A. Whittington national award for excellence in public affairs teaching, David is the author of more than 35 books and 200+ articles on various aspects of American politics, election law, and the media and politics, and he is regularly interviewed and quoted in the local, national, and international media on these subjects including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, the Economist, and National Public Radio. His most recent books are Encyclopedia of Money in American Politics (2018) and Presidential Swing States (2018). Prior to teaching, Professor Schultz also served as a city director of code enforcement, zoning, and planning in Binghamton, NY, and worked as a housing and economic planner for a community action agency.

Most Requested Programs

Generational Politics
Examines how generations is a major factor affecting US politics and how it will impact the country over the next decade.

Understanding American Politics Like a Pro

Why Good People and Organizations Do Bad Things
Explores the reasons why people act unethically. It argues that it is not just bad people who do bad things but they even those of us who think we are ethically good can act unethically.

Ethical Leadership
Examines what it means to be an ethical leader in either the public, private, or non-profit sectors.


“David Schultz is a go-to instructor for the Selim Center for Lifelong Learning at the University of St. Thomas. Professor Schultz brings a wealth of learning to his balanced, data-driven analyses of national and regional political affairs, presented with a style that is welcoming and accessible. He loves questions and engages them with respect and clarity. He is consistently a Selim Center favorite.” -Bob Shoemake, Director - Selim Center for Lifelong Learning

“One of the most prepared and informed speakers I've ever heard - excellent. Bring him back for the conference if possible . . . Fascinating presentation! Timely, great presenter. Could have listened to him all day long. Also appreciated how he made sure to connect it all to our work and how we approach charitable giving.” -Julia Renner -Minnesota Planned Giving Council

“Professor Schultz has lectured to our students and our alumni. His engaging talks always leave people seeing politics in a new way. His unparalleled knowledge of his subject matter, which is delivered in a way that everyone can understand, makes him a huge draw at our events. It’s like listening to a story about our democracy.” -Judy Schwartz - Hill-Murray School

“David Schultz is a fascinating and thought provoking speaker from start to finish. His compelling messages are filled with energy and inspire motivation in the audience.” -Sarah Gedrose – Leadership Twin Cities

“Professor Schultz has spoken multiple times at the Minnesota City Engineers annual conference. His keynote presentations have consistently been rated number one among the nearly 500 attendees. He will most certainly be invited back again.” -Thomas Mathisen, PE - City Engineers Association of Minnesota