After receiving his Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, David has served as a tenure-track professor at several universities, most recently Hofstra University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Illinois State University, and now is tenured at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He’s won three campus teaching awards and been awarded over two dozen grants from various organizations, and directed many undergraduate and graduate theses. His former students have gone on to careers as lawyers, writers, policy analysts, and state legislators.
His scholarship involves Native American issues, law, and political science. He’s currently under contract with Rowman & Littlefield Press to write the first introductory textbook in the discipline of Native American Studies. He’s the co-author of Sorcerers’ Apprentices: 100 Years of Law Clerks at the United States Supreme Court, published by NYU Press, and he’s published numerous book chapters and scholarly articles in such journals as Political Research Quarterly and PS: Political Science and Politics. He’s presented dozens of papers at various conferences, including the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Native American Literature Symposium, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, and the American Political Science Association. He's active in various professional organizations, including serving as editorial board member and book review editor of the Indigenous Policy Journal.
He’s also an attorney, licensed to practice in all Colorado state courts, the United States District Court for Colorado, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He’s a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he was an editor on the Denver Law Review and winner of the American Jurisprudence Award. He used his legal background as a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver Indian Family Resource Center. He testifies regularly before the Colorado legislature on legal, educational, and Native American issues as well as providing interviews to various media outlets.
A partial list of his published scholarship and media appearances appears below.
Sorcerers’ Apprentices: 100 Years of Law Clerks at the United States Supreme Court (co-authored with A. Ward). Hardcover 2006, paperback 2007. New York: New York University Press.
Introduction to Native American Studies (with Joseph Bauerkemper.) Forthcoming. Rowman & Littlefield Press.
LITERATURE CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:
"Outsiders in Minority Fiction: When You're From Where You're Not Supposed to Be." Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference, 2019.
“Native American and Latino Fiction: Intersections in Narrative as Form and Force.” Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference, 2018.
“No One Thinks They’re Racist: Conscious and Unconscious Bias and Racism in MFA Programs.” Panel organizer/chair and presenter, Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference, 2017.
“Spaceships and Detectives: Native American Fiction and the Literary Genre Novel.” Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference, 2017.
“Rewriting the Iconic West: Native and Latino Writers on Crafting Change.” Association of Writers & Writing Programs meeting, 2016.
“Situating Vizenor’s Chair of Tears in the Canon of Academic Novels.” Native American Literature Symposium, 2015.
“Red Noir: Examining the Possibilities for Indigenous Crime Literature.” Native American Literature Symposium, 2014.
SELECTED ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS:
"Manifest Destiny." 2020. In The Routledge Companion to Race & Ethnicity, 2d edition, eds. Stephen M. Caliendo and Charlton D. McIlwain. New York, NY: Routledge.
“Drones, Domestic Surveillance and Privacy: Legal and Statutory Implications.” 2015. In Privacy in the Digital Age: 21st-Century Challenges to the Fourth Amendment, eds. Nancy Lind and Erik Rankin. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
“Judicial Politicization, Ideology, and Activism at the High Courts of the United States, Canada, and Australia.” 2011. Political Research Quarterly 64(2): 335-47.
“Comparing Judicial Institutions: Using an Inquisitorial Trial Simulation to Facilitate Student Understanding of International Legal Traditions.” 2009. PS: Political Science & Politics 42(4): 759-63.
“Examining the Influence of the European Convention on Human Rights in Northern Ireland Courts.” 2009. Social Science Journal 46(1): 150-63.
“Engagement or Regurgitation?: Teaching American Government without a Textbook” (with E. Phippen). 2005. Politics & Policy 33(1): 183-97.
“Stigmatization and Discrimination: Visitation Rights of Noncustodial Homosexual Parents and the Effect of Parental Deprivation on Children.” Denver University Law Review 69: 513-38.
“Comparative Judicial Politics.” 2010. In 21st Century Political Science: A Reference Handbook, eds. John T. Ishiyama and Marijke Breuning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
“Trial Courts.” 2010. In The Encyclopedia of Political Science, ed. George T. Kurian. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.
“Northern Ireland.” 2002. In Legal Systems of the World, ed. Herbert Kritzer. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Publishers.
“Law Clerks.” 2002. In Legal Systems of the World, ed. Herbert Kritzer. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Publishers.
“Planned Parenthood Association v. Ashcroft.” 2002. In Historical and Multicultural Encyclopedia of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States, ed. Judith A. Baer. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
“Book review: Attitudinal Decision Making in the Supreme Court of Canada (by C.L. Ostberg and Matthew E. Wetstein).” 2008. Canadian Journal of Political Science 41: 1027-28.
“Book review: Governing with the Charter: Legislative and Judicial Activism and Framers’ Intent (by James B. Kelly).” 2006. The Law and Politics Book Review 16(6): 500-02.
“Book review: The Myth of the Sacred: The Charter, the Courts, and the Politics of the Constitution in Canada (edited by James, Abelson, and Lusztig).” 2004. The Law and Politics Book Review 14(8): 655-58.
SELECTED MEDIA APPEARANCES AND INTERVIEWS:
Interview, Colorado Public Radio, September 20, 2019, about WINTER COUNTS.
Interview, 9News television, Denver, Colorado, March 25, 2019, regarding incident at Denver March Powwow and proper powwow etiquette.
Interview, Politics Unplugged television show, KMGH-television Denver, December 11, 2016, regarding Dakota Access Pipeline issue.
Radio interview, KOA 850 radio, March 25, 2015, regarding proposed Colorado law on Native mascots.
Interview, Fox 31 television, Denver, Colorado, October 24, 2013, on subject of Native sports mascots and Washington Redskins team name.
Radio interview, KOA 850 radio, October 24, 2013, regarding Native sports mascots.
Interview, Stand Up with Pete Domenick radio show, Sirius XM radio, October 17, 2012. Interview regarding results of presidential debate held at Hofstra.
Interview, Associated Press, October 16, 2012, regarding presidential election.
Interview, WCBS radio, October 16, 2012. Interview regarding presidential debate styles.
Guest, Stand Up with Pete Domenick show, Sirius XM radio, October 16, 2012.
Interview, Associated Press television, October 14, 2012. Interview regarding presidential debate, aired on over 75 television stations in U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Moderator, discussion forum with Karl Rove and Robert Gibbs, Hofstra University, October 11, 2012.
Interviewed by Forrest Wickman regarding the Supreme Court’s opinion-writing process. “May I Suggest a Few Revisions?” Slate, June 26, 2012.
Interviewed by Seth Stern of Congressional Quarterly regarding Elena Kagan and Supreme Court law clerks. CQ Today Online News, June 11, 2010.
Interviewed by Mary Beth Schneider regarding Barack Obama’s candidacy. Indianapolis Star, April 21, 2008.
Interview, National Public Radio, WGLT, April 20, 2006. Interview regarding Supreme Court law clerks and Sorcerers’ Apprentices.
Interview, WJBC radio, January 12, 2006. Interview regarding Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.