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David McLennan

Professor of Political Science

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209A Joyner Hall
(919) 760-2287

Areas of Expertise

David McLennan (Ph.D., the University of Texas at Austin) is currently a 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.

Work Experience

McLennan has taught American Government, Campaigns and Elections, Political Leadership, Women in Politics and other courses at Texas Christian University, North Carolina State University, and William Peace University (formerly Peace College) prior to coming to Meredith.

In addition, McLennan worked as a political consultant, running or assisting on the campaigns of women candidates in Texas and North Carolina. Since 2011, he has directed the NC State Legislative Internship Program, placing students from across North Carolina in House and Senate offices to help them learn about the legislative process.

Because of his connections throughout the state and region, he directs internships for Meredith political science students and routinely places students in state legislative offices, research and advocacy organizations, and in city and state government agencies.


One of the most quoted political analysts in North Carolina, David McLennan regularly comments on politics for national, regional, and local media outlets. He has appeared in recent stories about the impact of Trump presidency, partisanship in North Carolina and the nation, and on the impact of legislation, such as HB2, on the state.

McLennan also publishes op-ed pieces in local and national media outlets. His recent opinion pieces have appeared in US News and World Report, Congressional Quarterly Researcher, the Charlotte Observer, and the News and Observer.

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 focused on the aftermath of the 2016 elections and on civic engagement in the 21st Century.

Also, McLennan directs the Meredith Poll, a statewide public survey of North Carolinian’s attitudes on women’s leadership and issues impacting women. The results of recent polls have been reported in the Huffington Post, the 538 blog, Fox News, the News and Observer, and other outlets. In 2015, he published “The Status of Women in North Carolina Politics,” a comprehensive examination of women’s role in politics and government. The results of this study were widely shared throughout the state by news organizations and advocacy organizations.

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