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.
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). 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 millennials on the 2016 campaign, redistricting’s effect on legislative and congressional races, and the importance of North Carolina in the presidential selection process.
McLennan also publishes op-ed pieces in local and national media outlets. His recent opinion pieces have appeared in The Hill, Fortune, the Washington Times, and U.S. News and World Report.
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 2016 primary and general elections, as well as the rise of Donald Trump.
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 News and Observer, on Time Warner Cable News, and WNCN, as well as Carolina Woman. 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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