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David Fortunato

Assistant Professor David Fortunato

Assistant Professor

School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Rd.
Merced, CA 95343

T: (209) 259-8937
E: dfortunato [at] ucmerced [dot] edu
Curriculum Vita (PDF)  | Website

Research Interests

  • Comparative politics
  • Party coalitions
  • Legislative institutions
  • Political behavior

Fortunato's research is centered on improving understanding of the connection between voters and parties in coalitional democracies. One side of this research focuses on how coalitional voters cope with complexities of their political institutions. The other side focuses on how parties respond to voters in parliament by examining, for example, the construction of the legislative agenda, parliamentary debate, and legislative review.

Fortunato comes to UC Merced from Rice University where he earned his Ph.D. and Universit├Ąt Mannheim where he was a research fellow in 2010-2011.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, 2012, Rice University
  • M.S., Education, 2007, University of New Haven
  • B.A., Political Science and History, University of Miami