Daniel Bennett, Ph.D.


Specialty: Law, Religion and Politics

Bennett, Daniel

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: GWP 231B
Phone: 253-692-5994
Email: danbenn@u.washington.edu
Web: http://tacoma-washington.academia.edu/DanielBennett
Schedule: Winter 2014 office hours: Monday - Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Southern Illinois University, 2013.
  • B.A., Political Science, George Fox University, 2008.


As a researcher, I am most interested in the intersection of law, religion, and politics in the United States. As a teacher, I enjoy courses on constitutional law, American political institutions, and religion and political advocacy. As a native of the Pacific Northwest, I enjoy hiking, baseball, and taking in local microbreweries. I live in Tacoma with my wife, Caitlyn, and son, Henry.


My current research examines the role of Christian conservative legal groups in the American political process. My book manuscript, Iron Sharpening Iron: The Politics of Christian Conservative Legal Advocacy, is currently under review. My qualitative research includes content analysis and semi-structured elite interviews, and my quantitative research includes social network analysis. I have published on the role of religious legal advocacy in American political institutions, and the effect of cultural policy issues on public opinion.

I am also active in the Tracking American Religious Advocacy (TARA) project, principally housed in the Department of Political Science at Southern Illinois University. TARA exists to gather data on American religious interest groups, groups across a range of religious traditions, sizes, constituencies, advocacy tactics, and the like. The purpose of this collaborative project is to yield the most comprehensive and up-to-date look at religious interest group advocacy in the United States, including national organizations and their state-level affiliates.


  • TPOLS 320 - American Constitutional Law
  • TPOLS 361 - U.S. Courts and Civil Liberty
  • TPOLS 363 - Law in Society
  • TPOLS 400 - American Presidency

Selected Publications

  • Bennett, Daniel. Under contract. "Serving God by Shaping Law: Religious Legal Advocacy in the United States." In Mediating Religion and Government: Political Institutions and the Policy Process. Elizabeth Oldmixon and Kevin den Dulk, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Mulligan, Ken, J. Tobin Grant, and Daniel Bennett. Forthcoming. "The Dynamics of Public Opinion on Cultural Policy Issues in the U.S., 1972-2010." Political Behavior.
  • Bennett, Daniel. 2013. "Supreme Court Nominations: A Case for Senate Submission to a Presidential Prerogative." In American Government. ABC-CLIO. Online.


  • American Political Science Association (Religion and Politics organized section)
  • Law and Society Association (Collaborative Research Network on Law and Social Movements)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha

Professional Service

  • Political Research Quarterly; Law and Society Review; Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Reviewer