David Campbell, a political scientist, is associate dean for social/human sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis. He was appointed associate dean in October 2014.
Campbell was raised in Tennessee and New Jersey, and received a bachelor’s degree (1978) in political science from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. He holds a master’s degree from The Ohio State University (1980) and a doctoral degree from the University of Oregon (1984), both also in political science.
Campbell first joined UC Davis in 1990 teaching courses in the Department of Political Science. From 1991 to 1997 he was a community development and public policy analyst for the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. He joined the Department of Human and Community Development (now the Department of Human Ecology) in 1996 and since 2000 has served as a community studies specialist in UC Cooperative Extension. From 2011 to 2014 he was the statewide initiative leader for Cooperative Extension’s healthy families and communities strategic initiative, also serving on the program council of Agriculture and Natural Resources. From 2013 to 2014 he was vice chair of the Department of Human Ecology.