Davia Downey, Ph.D.


Grand Valley State University

Country: United States (Michigan)

Research Interests

Public Policy

Race, Ethnicity and Politics


Urban Politics

Disaster Politics

Economic Development

Nonprofit Collaboration

Local Governance

Comparative Judicial Politics

Budgets And Taxes

Countries of Interest



United States

Media Appearances:

TV Appearances:

(2018) 9 and 10 News

After the Michigan Supreme Court decision allowing VotersNotPoliticians ballot proposal to go on the November ballot I was interviewed by 9 and 10 News in Grand Rapids about gerrymandering and its problems

Radio Appearances:

(2018) WGVU

WGVU Nonprofit Navigation Radio Interview with Shelley Irwin.

Newspaper Quotes:

(2018) Washington Post- Monkey Cage

Co-authors, Sarah Reckhow and Josh Sapotichne and I submitted a piece on philanthropic giving to cities in distress to the Monkey Cage/Washington Post which was posted today. Some interesting observations for cities utilizing philanthropic giving as a lifeline to shoring up public service provision.