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Patrick Sellers


Ph.D., M.A. Duke University
B.A. Davidson College

Research Interests and Background

I have a long history with Davidson, first as a student and now as a professor, dean, and vice president. I am currently working on developing collaborations between Davidson and foundations, corporations, and other educational institutions, in order to create new opportunities for Davidson students, faculty, and staff. I also lead Davidson's planning for SACS reaccreditation, supervise the Davidson Next project with edX and College Board, and work across campus to expand the use of data analytics in decision making. In political science my teaching interests include American politics, Congress, statistics, the news media, and theories of persuasion.

My political science scholarship focuses on Congress, the media, and multi-method analysis. I've published extensively in leading political science journals, including the American Political Science Review. I've also published two books, Cycles of Spin (Cambridge) and Winning with Words (Routledge). I've worked on Capitol Hill for members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. Outside of work, I enjoy tennis, trombone, hiking, and canyoneering.