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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 on sabbatical, working with a data analytics firm in Charlotte for the 2018-2019 academic year. In my administrative work, I helped develop collaborations between Davidson and foundations, corporations, and other educational institutions in order to create new opportunities for Davidson students, faculty, and staff. I also led Davidson's planning for SACS reaccreditation, supervised 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.