David Forrest

  • Associate Professor of Politics
  • Chair of Law and Society


  • BS, political science, Arizona State University, 2006
  • PhD, political science, University of Minnesota, 2014


David Forrest is an associate professor of politics at Oberlin College. His research examines, most generally, the interplay between political organization and social, economic, and political inequalities. He is particularly interested in how organized efforts to produce social change challenge and/or reinforce patterns of inequality in the United States.

He teaches courses on U.S. politics, interest groups and social movements, the politics of inequality, and political power.

Fall 2023

Interest Groups and American Democracy — POLT 281
The American Right — POLT 284
Private Reading on Arizona Politics — POLT 999

Spring 2024

Introduction to American Politics — POLT 100
Power and American Democracy — POLT 371


David Forrest Book Excerpt Published in "Social Policy"

October 12, 2022

An excerpt from David Forrest's book A Voice but No Power was published in the latest issue of Social Policy, a magazine for community and labor organizers.

David Forrest Releases New Book

August 22, 2022

David Forrest's new book, A Voice but No Power: Organizing for Social Justice in Minneapolis (University of Minnesota Press), was released this week. The book examines the work of social justice organizations in Minneapolis following the 2008 recession. Through this examination, it explains why social justice organizations more broadly so often displace as much as empower popular struggles for egalitarian and emancipatory change. And it explores how they can better reach their potential as advocates for the abolition of exploitation, discrimination, and other unjust practices. The book is available in paperback and can currently be purchased from the University of Minnesota Press at a 40% discount using this code: MN89530 (code expires Oct. 1, 2022).

David Forrest publishes essay

August 5, 2021

Assistant Professor of Politics David Forrest published an essay about Steven Lubet and urban ethnography in Politics, Groups, and Identities.

David Forrest Publishes Essay

July 10, 2020

David Forrest, assistant professor of politics, published an essay on Tucker Carlson and America's "new populist right" at Truthout.org.