Lecturer of Political Science
Phone: (510) 642-9355
Office Location: 102 Moses - IGS
Office Hours: Tu 1-2 & by appt.
Spring 2008 Course: PS106A Campaign Strategy
Dan Schnur is one of California's leading Republican political and media strategists, whose record includes work on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns, as well as extensive experience on behalf of a variety of non-profit organizations and private sector companies.
Schnur served as the national Director of Communications
for the presidential campaign of U.S. Senator John McCain.
He has advised a variety of Republican candidates and causes
throughout his career, including five years as chief media
spokesman for California Governor Pete Wilson.
Schnur began his political career in the press office of the Reagan-Bush '84 presidential campaign. Schnur later served as a spokesman for the Bush-Quayle '88 presidential campaign, and worked in the press offices of the Republican National Committee before moving to California in 1990 to take on the position of Communications Director of the state Republican Party.
Following Wilson's election as Governor that year, Schnur joined the Administration and subsequently served Wilson as both Press Secretary and Communications Director. In 1994, he served as Press Secretary to Wilson's successful gubernatorial re-election campaign. Schnur is currently a Visiting Instructor at the University of California at Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies, where he teaches courses in politics and campaigning.
In addition to his work at Berkeley, he is also teaching an advanced course in political campaign communications at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management via the Internet. Schnur has held the posts of Visiting Lecturer at the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, as well as Visiting Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Institute of Politics at Harvard University.
Schnur was an advisor for the Annenberg Challenge for Online Democracy, an effort run by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and the Pew Charitable Trust. The Annenberg Challenge is a non-partisan effort to encourage political campaigns, civic organizations and the news media to engage citizens in political dialogue over the Internet.
Schnur writes regularly for several of California newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Sacramento Bee. In addition, he acts as a political commentator and analyst for KGO and KSFO Radio in San Francisco, and appears frequently on KVIE-TV's "California Capitol Week".
Schnur is a graduate of the American University in Washington, D.C.