Patrick Sellers


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

I have a long history with Davidson, first as a student and now as a professor, dean, and vice president. My research and teaching interests include American politics, Congress, statistics, the news media, and theories of persuasion.  I spend most of my time these days on administrative work, particularly figuring out how technology can lead our teaching and research in new and productive directions.

Research Interests and Background

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. At Davidson College, I lead a variety of administrative efforts, including revising the distribution requirements and implementing assessment in courses and programs across the curriculum.

When I get a chance to take my mind off of political science and my curriculum work, I enjoy tennis, trombone, and canyoneering.