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David Alexander Bateman

Associate Professor

David Alexander Bateman

White Hall, Room 218



David Bateman is an Associate Professor at Cornell University. His research focuses on Congress, American Political Development, and voting rights. He has published articles in Studies in American Political Development, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Forum. His co-authored book, Southern Nation: Congress and White Supremacy after Reconstruction, examines the role of southern members of Congress in shaping national policy from the end of Reconstruction until the New Deal. His second book, Disenfranchising Democracy: Constructing a Mass Electorate in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France, compares the development of political rights across these three countries. He is currently doing research on the black American civil rights movement during the last decades of the 19th century and first three decades of the 20th century, as well as ongoing data collection projects on American state constitutions and 19th century state legislative behavior. These projects will provide a comprehensive repository of state constitutional development and on 19th century legislative voting.


  • Government
  • American Studies Program

Graduate Fields

  • Government


Fall 2021


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