David just recently joined the Institute of Politics (IOP) in January of 2020. Originally trained as a social scientist in Religious Studies, he has over 20 years of experience working at universities in both academic and administrative capacities. Before joining the IOP, David worked in the World History Center (WHC) at Pitt from 2013 through 2019. He was originally brought on as the Project Manager for the Collaborative for Historical Information and Analysis (CHIA), a grant funded research project that ran until 2015. He later served in a variety of roles for the WHC including Research Project Manager, Center Coordinator, Project Manager for the NEH funded World-Historical Gazetteer project, and Managing Editor for both the Journal of World-Historical Information and the Journal of World-Systems Research.
David did his undergraduate work at West Virginia University where he studied English Literature with minors in Philosophy and Religious Studies. His graduate work was at Florida International University in Religious Studies with a focus on Chinese Buddhism, specifically Taoist influences on Chan Buddhism. He served as Adjunct Faculty between 2000-2001 teaching courses in World Religions and Religious Studies: Analysis and Interpretation.