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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Sean Theriault

Associate Professor Ph.D., Stanford University

Sean Theriault

Contact

  • Phone: 512-232-7279
  • Office: BAT 3.130
  • Office Hours: Mondays, 12:30-3:30
  • Campus Mail Code: A1800

Biography

Professor Theriault researches American political institutions, primarily the U.S. Congress.  His current research is on the Gingrich Senators and how they have transformed the U.S. Senate.  His classes include the U.S. Congress, Congressional Elections, Party Polarization in the United States, and the Politics of the Catholic Church.  He has received numerous teaching awards, including UT Professor the Year in 2011 and the Friar Society Teaching Fellowship (the biggest undergraduate teaching award at UT) in 2009.  In 2012, he was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Professor Theriault has published three books, The Power of the People: Congressional Competition, Public Attention, and Voter Retribution (Ohio State University Press, 2005), Party Polarization in Congress (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress (Oxford University Press, 2013). He has also published numerous articles on subjects ranging from presidential rhetoric to congressional careers and the Louisiana Purchase to the Pendleton Act of 1883.

Interests

American political institutions

GOV 370L • Congressional Elections

38995 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm WAG 214
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Government 370L:

Congressional Elections

 

Fall 2014

 

Course Description

In this course, we’ll examine congressional elections historically and contemporaneously.  We’ll also analyze them from a political science as well as political junkie perspectives.  The first half of the course will discuss campaigning and the second half of the course will deal with election outcomes and their consequences on policy making.  Each student will be required to become an expert on a particular congressional and senate race. 

 

Course Format

Though there will be more than 100 students in the class, it will be a personal challenge of mine to make it feel like 30 students.  As such, I expect all of the students to do all of the readings for all of the classes.

 

Grades

Grades will be determined by a major paper, several midterms, and in-class participation:

  • 20% Midterm 1
  • 20% Midterm 2
  • 20% Midterm 3
  • 20% Course Project
  • 20% Class Participation

 

 

Readings

The course readings TENTATIVELY consist of the following:

  • Gary Jacobson’s The Politics of Congressional Elections
  • Sean Theriault’s The Gingrich Senators
  • A on-line course packet

GOV 370M • Research On The Us Congress

39015 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 500pm-630pm MEZ 1.212
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Gov 370: Research on the U.S. Congress, part 1

 

Professors Theriault and Jones

Fall 2014

 

Pre-requisites

Gov 310, Gov 312, and permission of Professors Jones or Theriault

 

Course Description

This course will introduce the student to social scientific research by incorporating the students into the active research agendas of two professors who study American politics.  The project has three aims.  First, the students will learn the general principles of empirical research.  The second, the student will be active players in on-going research projects.  Third, the students will develop their own research papers in line with the research that they are conducting with the professor

            This course is the first semester of a two-semester research experience offered in conjunction with the Pickle Research Apprenticeship Program, which is under the direction of Professor Sean Theriault and Professor Bryan Jones.  Except in very limited circumstances, students enrolled in the fall semester will also enroll in the spring semester research class taught by Professor Jones.  Professors Jones and Theriault will work hard to make the transition from the fall to the spring as seamless as possible.

 

Readings

  • Sean Theriault’s The Gingrich Senators
  • Bryan Jones’s Policy Dynamics

 

Grading Requirements

  • 25%  Class Participation
  • 75%  Research Project

 

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Independent Inquiry

GOV 310L • American Government

38975 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm FAC 21
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Course Description

In this course, we’ll examine the American political system through the lens of the elections.  We will analyze them from a political science as well as political junkie perspectives, paying particular, though not exclusive attention to the 2012 elections.  In addition to discussing, analyzing, and debating the 2012 presidential and congressional elections, we will develop a framework to understand the critical link between voters and candidates.  We will also explore the dynamics among citizens, elected officials, and the policymaking world.  The first half of the course will focus on the campaigns and the second half of the course will deal with election outcomes and their consequences on policy making.  There will also be a semester project that focuses on a particular state during this election cycle.

 

Prerequisites

None.

 

Grades

Grades will be determined according to the following formula:

  • 20%      Attendance and Class Participation.  Throughout the class you will have random attendance quizzes.  There will be no excuses for missing attendance quizzes.
  • 20%      Midterm Exam I (September 28)
  • 20%      Midterm Exam II (October 26)
  • 20%      Midterm Exam III (November 30)
  • 20%      Course Project

 

Course Readings

The course readings consist of the following:

  • A course packet available at Speedway Copy and Printing (in Dobie Mall).  All readings in the Course Packet are designated as a hollow circle.
  • Sean M. Theriault.  2013.  The Gingrich Senators.  Oxford University Press.
  • Ken Kollman.  2012.  The American Political System, Core Edition.  Norton Press.

GOV 370L • The United States Congress

39355 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm PAR 201
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 Course Description

This course takes an in-depth look at lawmaking in the modern Congress.  Through this systemic approach, we’ll analyze various factors influencing the legislative process including presidents, the public, parties, and pivots.  We’ll also examine explanations for the legislative process and party polarization in Congress. 

 

Course Format

Although this class will have a lecture format, it will revert to seminar more than you would probably think possible.  As such, students are expected to come to class ready to actively contribute to classroom discussions. 

 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GOV 310 and GOV 312. 

 

Grading Policy

Grades will be determined according to the following formula:

  • 15%     Class Participation.  Throughout the class, I reserve the right to take attendance, to give pop quizzes, and to assign homework projects.
  • 15%     Midterm Exam I
  • 15%     Midterm Exam II
  • 15%     Midterm Exam III
  • 40%     Class Project

Because of the demand for this class, I will not give a Q-drop to a student unless he or she is passing the course.  I frown on issues of academic dishonesty and will severely punish any student caught plagiarizing, cheating, or engaged in unethical classroom practices.  I will not accept late assignments.  I will not accept excuses for missing pop quizzes.  All grade disputes must be type written and turned in within 1 week of receiving the grade.  I will use plusses and minuses in this class, with the 0.7 and 0.3 at cutoffs.  So, an 82.9 is a B- and an 83.1 is B; an 86.9 is a B and an 87.1 is a B+.

 

Course Readings

The course readings consist of the following:

  • Available at Speedway Copy and Printing:  A Course Packet
  • Available at the UT Co-op: Readings on the U.S. Congress.  Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.
  • Ø Available at the UT Co-op: Theriault, Sean M.  2013.  The Gingrich Senators.  New York: Oxford University Press.

v On occasion, I will make some information available in the Documents folder on Blackboard.

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GOV 370M • Research On The Us Congress

39325 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 500pm-630pm MEZ 1.212
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Prerequisites

Gov 310, Gov 312, and permission of Professors Jones or Theriault

 

Course Description

This course will introduce the student to social scientific research by incorporating the students into the active research agendas of two professors who study American politics.  The project has three aims.  First, the students will learn the general principles of empirical research.  The second, the student will be active players in on-going research projects.  Third, the students will develop their own research papers in line with the research that they are conducting with the professor

            This course is the first semester of a two-semester research experience offered in conjunction with the Pickle Research Apprenticeship Program, which is under the direction of Professor Sean Theriault and Professor Bryan Jones.  Except in very limited circumstances, students enrolled in the fall semester will also enroll in the spring semester research class taught by Professor Jones.  Professors Jones and Theriault will work hard to make the transition from the fall to the spring as seamless as possible.

 

Grading Policy

  • 25%  Class Participation
  • 75%  Research Project

 

Texts

  • Sean Theriault’s The Gingrich Senators
  • Bryan Jones’s Policy Dynamics

GOV 381L • Congress

39365 • Fall 2013
Meets M 330pm-630pm BAT 1.104
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Course Description

Course topics offer an overview of the major literature on Congress and the Presidency.  The readings and topics reflect a mix of scholarly, historical, and practitioner perspectives.  I have three aims in this class:

  • The first is to provide a coherent introduction to the most important Congress literature.
  • The second is to identify questions worthy of original research.
  • The third is to develop student deliberation, writing, and presentation skills.

The class will be a seminar.  As such, all students will be expected to come to class prepared to have an in-depth (and interesting!) conversation about the readings.

 

Grading Policy

Grades will be determined according to the following formula:

  • 30%     Reaction Papers (3-5 pages, topics assigned)
  • 10%     Presentation (based on outside readings)
  • 30%     Final Paper (topic depends on student objectives)
  • 10%     Final Paper Presentation
  • 20%     In-class Participation                

 

Texts

The course readings TENTATIVELY consist of the following:

Mayhew, David R. 1974.  Congress: The Electoral Connection. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Theriault, Sean M.  2013.  The Gingrich Senators.  New York: Oxford University Press.

GOV 370L • The United States Congress

38995 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm MEZ 1.306
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Prerequisites

6 semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

Course Description

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

This course takes an in-depth look at lawmaking in the modern Congress. Systematically, we will analyze various factors influencing the legislative process including presidents, the public, parties, and pivots. We will also examine explanations for the legislative process and the current polarization occurring within Congress.

 

Grading Policy (Tentative)

Class Participation, Pop Quizzes, and Homework: 20%

Semester Project:  20%

Midterm Exam I: 20%

Midterm Exam II: 20%

Midterm Exam III: 20%

 

Texts

Custom Published CQ Reader including chapters from Congress and Its Members (12th Edition)

Party Polarization in Congress

Course Packet

GOV 310L • American Government

38570 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm BUR 106
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Course Description

In this course, we’ll examine the American political system through the lens of elections.  We will analyze them from a political science as well as political junkie perspectives, paying particular, though not exclusive attention to the 2012 elections.  The first half of the course will focus on the campaigns and the second half of the course will deal with election outcomes and their consequences on policy making.  There will also be a semester project that focuses on a particular campaign. 

The number of students in the course will demand that it be mostly lecture, however, I like to get the students involved in my lectures.  Consequently, it’ll feel like the class is just you and 300 of your friends.

 

Grading Policy

Grades will be determined by a semester project, several midterms, and in-class participation:

  • 20% Midterm 1
  • 20% Midterm 2
  • 20% Midterm 3
  • 20% Course Project
  • 20% Class Participation

 

Texts

The course readings TENTATIVELY consist of the following:

  • Gary Jacobson’s The Politics of Congressional Elections
  • Aldrich and Rhode’s Change and Continuity
  • Sean Theriault’s Party Polarization in Congress
  • A course packet available at Speedway (in Dobie Mall) 

GOV 370L • Congressional Elections

38843 • Fall 2012
Meets MW 300pm-430pm WEL 2.312
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Course Description

In this course, we’ll examine congressional elections historically and contemporaneously.  We’ll also analyze them from a political science as well as political junkie perspectives.  The first half of the course will discuss campaigning and the second half of the course will deal with election outcomes and their consequences on policy making.  Each student will be required to become an expert on a particular congressional and senate race. 

Though there will be more than 100 students in the class, it will be a personal challenge of mine to make it feel like 30 students.  As such, I expect all of the students to do all of the readings for all of the classes.

 

Grading Policy

Grades will be determined by a major paper, several midterms, and in-class participation:

  • 20% Midterm 1
  • 20% Midterm 2
  • 20% Midterm 3
  • 20% Course Project
  • 20% Class Participation

  

Texts

The course readings TENTATIVELY consist of the following:

  • Gary Jacobson’s The Politics of Congressional Elections
  • Aldrich and Rhode’s Change and Continuity
  • Sean Theriault’s Party Polarization in Congress
  • A course packet available at Speedway

 

GOV 312R • Constitutional Prins: Equality

38585 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm MEZ 1.306
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This course takes an in-depth look at the Catholic Church, not as a religious institution, but as a political one.  Over the course of the semester, we’ll read parts of the Bible, Enlightening readings, some founding documents, and papers from the Second Vatican Council.   

Course Requirements

3 semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

Grading Policy (Tentative)

Class Participation, Pop Quizzes, and Homework: 20%

Semester Project:  20%

Midterm Exam I: 20%

Midterm Exam II: 20%

Midterm Exam III: 20%

Texts

Course Packet

GOV 370L • The United States Congress

38849 • Spring 2012
Meets MW 330pm-500pm GSB 2.126
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Course Description

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

This course takes an in-depth look at lawmaking in the modern Congress. Systematically, we will analyze various factors influencing the legislative process including presidents, the public, parties, and pivots. We will also examine explanations for the legislative process and the current polarization occurring within Congress.

Course Requirements

 6 semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

Grading Policy (Tentative)

Class Participation, Pop Quizzes, and Homework: 20%

Semester Project:  20%

Midterm Exam I: 20%

Midterm Exam II: 20%

Midterm Exam III: 20%

Texts

Congress and Its Members (12th Edition)

Party Polarization in Congress

Course Packet

GOV 370L • The United States Congress

39065 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 800am-930am MEZ 1.102
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This course takes an in-depth look at lawmaking in the modern Congress.  Through this systemic approach, we’ll analyze various factors influencing the legislative process including presidents, the public, parties, and pivots.  We’ll also examine explanations for the legislative process and party polarization in Congress. 

GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

38445 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm FAC 21
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Course Description
In this course, we’ll examine congressional elections historically and contemporaneously.  We’ll also analyze them from a political science as well as political junkie perspectives.  The first half of the course will discuss campaigning and the second half of the course will deal with election outcomes and their consequences on policy making.  Each student will be assigned to a team to follow a particular senate election.  

Course Format
Though there will be more than 200 students in the class, it will be a personal challenge of mine to make it feel like 30 students.  As such, I expect all of the students to do all of the readings for all of the classes.

Grading Policy:
•    20%    Attendance and Class Participation.  Throughout the class you will have random attendance quizzes.  There will be no excuses for missing attendance quizzes.
•    20%    Midterm Exam I
•    20%    Midterm Exam II
•    20%    Midterm Exam III
•    20%     Course Project


Textbooks:
The course readings TENTATIVELY consist of the following:
•    Gary Jacobson’s The Politics of Congressional Elections,
•    Sean Theriault’s Party Polarization in Congress
•    A course packet available at Speedway

GOV 381L • Congress

38775 • Fall 2010
Meets W 700pm-1000pm BAT 5.102
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Course Description:
Course topics offer an overview of the major literature on Congress and the Presidency.  The readings and topics reflect a mix of scholarly, historical, and practitioner perspectives.  I have three aims in this class:
•    The first is to provide a coherent introduction to the most important Congress literature.
•    The second is to identify questions worthy of original research.
•    The third is to develop student deliberation, writing, and presentation skills.


Course Format
The class will be a seminar.  As such, all students will be expected to come to class prepared to have an in-depth (and interesting!) conversation about the readings.

Grading Policy:
Grades will be determined according to the following formula:
•    30%    Reaction Papers (3-5 pages, topics assigned)
•    10%    Presentation (based on outside readings)
•    30%    Final Paper (topic depends on student objectives)
•    10%    Final Paper Presentation
•    20%    In-class Participation     


Textbooks:
The course readings TENTATIVELY consist of the following:
Mayhew, David R. 1974.  Congress: The Electoral Connection. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Rohde, David W.  1991.  Parties and Leaders in the Postreform House. University of Chicago Press.
Strahan, Randall.  2007.  Leading Representatives: The Agency of Leaders of the U.S. House.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.
Theriault, Sean M.  2008.  Party Polarization in Congress.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

GOV 370L • The United States Congress

84790 • Summer 2010
Meets MTWTHF 830am-1000am MEZ B0.306
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Course Description: This course takes an in-depth look at lawmaking in the modern Congress. Systematically, we will analyze various factors influencing the legislative process including presidents, the public, parties, and pivots. We will also examine explanations for the legislative process and the current polarization occurring within Congress.

Grading Policy (Tentative)

Class Participation, Pop Quizzes, and Homework: 20%
Semester Project:  20%
Midterm Exam I: 20%
Midterm Exam II: 20%
Midterm Exam III: 20%

Textbooks:

Party Polarization in Congress

Congress and Its Members (12th Edition)

Course Packet

GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

39055 • Fall 2009
Meets MWF 1100-1200 MEZ 1.306
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Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 370L • The United States Congress

39303 • Fall 2009
Meets MWF 1100-1200 MEZ 1.306
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Course Description:

Analysis of varying topics in the study of American government and politics.

Prerequisite:

Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

Grading:

TBD

Readings:

TBD

 

 

 

GOV 370L • Congressional Elections

39310 • Fall 2009
Meets MWF 1000-1100 MEZ B0.306
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Course Description:

Analysis of varying topics in the study of American government and politics.

Prerequisite:

Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

Grading:

TBD

Readings:

TBD

 

 

 

Publications

Theriault, Sean M.  (2008)  Party Polarization in Congress  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Reviews: APSA Legislative Studies Section

Theriault, Sean, and Jonathan Lewallen. (2012) Congressional Parties and the Policy Process in The Parties Respond: Changes in American Parties and Campaigns, Fifth Edition, Mark D. Brewer and L. Sandy Maisel (eds.). Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press.

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Seo, Jungkun, and Sean M. Theriault.  (2012)  Moderate Caucuses in a Polarized U.S. Congress Journal of Legislative Studies, June 2012.  18(2): 203-221.

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Huang, Taofang, and Sean M. Theriault.  (2012)  The Strategic Timing Behind Position-Taking in Congress: A Study of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act.  Journal of Legislative Studies, 18(1):41-62.

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Theriault, Sean M., and David Rohde.  (2011)  The Gingrich Senators and Party Polarization in the U.S. Senate, Journal of Politics, 73(4): 1011-1024.

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Theriault, Sean M.  (2009) Party Polarization in the 111th Congress. APSA's Legislative Studies Section Extension of Remarks (January).

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Karch, Andrew, Corrine M. McConnaughy, and Theriault, Sean M. (2007) The Legislative Politics of Congressional Redistricting Commission Proposals. American Politics Research  35 (Nov.): 808-825. 

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Lawless, Jennifer L., and Sean M. Theriault. (2006) Women in Congress: From Entry to Exit in Women in Politics: Outsiders or Insiders, Fourth Edition, Louis Duke Whitaker (ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall

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Theriault, Sean M. (2006) Party Polarization in the U.S. Congress: Member Replacement and Member Adaptation. Party Politics 12 (July): 483-503.

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Theriault, Sean M. (2006) Party Politics during the Louisiana Purchase. Social Science History 30 (Summer): 293-324.

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Lawless, Jennifer L., and Sean M. Theriault. (2005) Will She Stay or Will She Go? Career Ceilings and Women's Retirement from the U.S. Congress. Legislative Studies Quarterly Legislative Studies Quarterly

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Sniderman, Paul M., and Sean M. Theriault. (2004) The Dynamics of Political Argument and The Logic of Issue Framing in Studies in Public Opinion: Attitudes, Nonattitudes, Measurement Error, and Change, Willem E. Saris and Paul M. Sniderman (eds.). Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

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Theriault, Sean M. (2004) Public Pressure and Punishment in the Politics of Congressional Pay Raises. American Politics Research 32 (July): 444-464.

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Theriault, Sean M. (2003) Patronage, the Pendleton Act, and the Power of the People. Journal of Politics 65 (Feb.): 50-68.

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Theriault, Sean M., and Barry Weingast, B. (2002) Agenda Manipulation, Strategic Voting, and Legislative Details in the Compromise of 1850 in Party, Process, and Political Schange in Congress, David Brady and Mathew McCubbins (eds.). Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. 

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Brady, David W., and Sean M. Theriault. (2001) A Reassessment of Who's to Blame: A Positive Case for the Public Evaluation of Congress in What is it About Government that Americans Dislike?, John R. Hibbing and Elizabeth Theiss-Morse (eds.).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Reprinted in The American Congress Reader, Steven S. Smith, Jason M. Roberts, and Ryan J. Vander Wielen (eds.).  New York: Cambridge University Press.  2008. 7-15.

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Theriault, Sean M. (1998) Moving Up or Moving Out: Career Ceilings and Congressional Retirement. Legislative Studies Quarterly 23 (Aug.): 419-433.

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Palazzolo, Daniel J., and Sean M. Theriault. (1996) Presidential Announcement Addresses: Campaign Strategies and Voting Behavior. Presidential Studies 26 (Spring): 350-363.

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The Gingrich Senators

Project Description

I am currently researching a set of Senators who have had a profound effect on the U.S. Senate -- I call these senators, "The Gingrich Senators."  Since Gingrich's first election to the U.S. House in 1978, 40 Republicans have served in the House prior to their career in the Senate.  Twenty-two of them are currently serving in the Senate during the 112nd Congress.  

The Gingrich Senators are more conservative than even the increasingly conservative Republican Conference in the Senate.  They are less likely to work with Democrats.  Their strategies in the Senate have helped to make the Senate operate much more like the highly partisan House.

I hope to have a completed book manuscript of the project by the end of 2011.

Click here for a one-page description of the project.

Publications

Click here to see a copy of my article (co-written with David Rohde) that has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Politics.

Click here to see a copy of an op-ed that I wrote for the Huffington Post.

Click here to see a copy of an op-ed that I wrote for CNN.

What Others are Saying about this Project

Click here to read about the project on the Monkey Cage.

Click here to read what Ezra Klein (of the Washington Post) wrote about the project.

Click here to read a blog entry on salon.com.

Click here to read what Mother Jones is saying about the project.

Presentations on the Gingrich Senators

Future Talks:

January 19 and 20, 2012 -- Book Seminar, University of Texas at Austin

 

Past Talks:

November 30, 2011 -- Institute for Social and Policy Studies, Yale Unviersity, New Haven, CT

April 2, 2011 -- Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

February 18, 2011 -- The Bulen Symposium, Indianapolis, Indiana

March 23, 2011 -- Political Science Department, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

September 15, 2010 -- Centennial Lecture, Department of Government, the University of Texas at Austin

September 4, 2010 -- American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

May 25, 2010 -- Summer Statistics Institute, Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation, the University of Texas at Austin.  Click here to see it.

May 10, 2010 -- Congress and History Workshop, Berkeley, CA

April 24, 2010 -- Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

April 1, 2010 -- Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

January 29, 2010 -- Brown Bag Seminar, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

October 23, 2010 -- Bicameralism Conference, Vanderbilt Unviersity, Nashville, TN

The 40 Gingrich Senators

                Senate House of Representative
Name State Tenure Ideology Tenure Ideology
Allard Colorado 105-110 0.613 102-104 0.597
Allen Virginia 107-109 0.407 102 0.474
Blunt Missouri 112-present
105-111 0.602
Boozman Arkansas 112-present
107-111 0.521
Brown Colorado 102-104 0.543 97-101 0.456
Brownback Kansas 105-111 0.459 104 0.546
Bunning Kentucky 106-111 0.630 100-105 0.505
Burr North Carolina 109-present 0.579 104-108 0.445
Chambliss Georgia 108-present 0.518 104-107 0.427
Coats Indiana 101-105, 112-present 0.407 97-100 0.297
Coburn Oklahoma 109-present 0.907 104-106 0.815
Craig Idaho 102-110 0.512 97-101 0.487
Crapo Idaho 106-present 0.493 103-105 0.523
DeMint South Carolina 109-present 0.831 106-108 0.704
DeWine Ohio 104-109 0.192 98-101 0.343
Ensign Nevada 107-112 0.554 104-105 0.635
Graham South Carolina 108-present 0.473 104-107 0.477
Gramm2 Texas 99-107 0.561 98 0.548
Grams Minnesota 104-106 0.526 103 0.530
Gregg New Hampshire 103-111 0.429 97-100 0.412
Heller Nevada 112-present
110-112 0.646
Hutchinson Arkansas 105-107 0.457 103-104 0.412
Inhofe Oklahoma 104-present 0.689 100-103 0.475
Isakson Georgia 109-present 0.504 106-108 0.500
Kirk Illinois 111-present 0.333 107-111 0.453
Kyl Arizona 104-present 0.616 100-103 0.527
Mack Florida 101-106 0.407 98-100 0.520
McCain Arizona 100-present 0.371 98-99 0.302
Moran Kansas 112-present
105-111 0.494
Portman Ohio 112-present
103-109 0.447
Roberts Kansas 105-present 0.399 97-104 0.407
Santorum Pennsylvania 104-109 0.373 102-103 0.294
Smith New Hampshire 102-107 0.747 99-101 0.545
Sununu New Hampshire 108-110 0.423 105-107 0.634
Talent Missouri 108-109 0.305 103-106 0.455
Thomas Wyoming 104-110 0.525 101-103 0.396
Thune South Dakota 109-present 0.509 105-107 0.358
Toomey Pennsylvania 112-present
106-108 0.795
Vitter Louisiana 109-present 0.623 106-108 0.550
Wicker Mississippi 110-present 0.444 104-110 0.487

Teaching Awards

Teaching Awards

Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship (2009) -- see video and article

Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship (2009)

Texas Exes Teaching Excellence Award (2007)

Texas Blazers Faculty Excellence Award (2007)

President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award (2006) -- see article

Eyes of Texas Teaching Excellence Award (2005)

In the News...

On TV

Analysis on Governor Rick Perry's Presidential Annoucement on Fox News Channel -- America's Election HQ (14 August 2011).  Click here to see the story.

"Tea Partiers Shaking up Local Congressional Race" on News 8 Austin (22 October 2010).  Click here to see the website.  Click here to see the story.

On the Radio

  "How DeLay's Resignation Will Affect Elections" on KUT (April 4, 2006).

  Take 5 "Lecture" for UT (2004 February). Click here to see it.

  Congress to Campus Visit (October 1, 2003) on KUT. Click here to see it. Click here to hear it.

  Analysis of Governor Perry's State of the State Address (2003 February 11) on KUT.

Editorials

"With the current dysfunction, U.S. Senate isn't what it used to be" in the Milwaukee Jounal Sentinel (2014 May 10)

"in Civil Rights Law, A Lesson for Today" in The Daily Texan (In Reaction to Bush's stand on gay marriage)

"An Apology" in The Austin American-Statesman (In Reaction to Senator Lott's Remarks about Thurmond

Quotes from Newspapers

"Underwood Says Cuellar has Voted with Pelosi 96 Percent of Last Session" in PolitiFact Texas (The Austin American Statesman -- 2010 June 26)

"Gridlock in Washington" in CQ Researcher (2010 April 30)

"Democratic Retirements Could Derail LGBT Advances" in DC Agenda (2010 February 19)

"Usually Unopposed GOP Congressmen Draw Challengers" from The Austin American Statesman (2010 February 8)

"Medina Could Creat Problems for Perry, Hutchison" from The Austin American Statesman (2010 January 19)

"Gays Feeling Jilted after Tough Battles for Rights Coming Soon: New Commenting Experience" from Aol News (USA Today -- 2010 January 14)

"Democrats Desperate for Good News on Jobs" from The Examiner (2010 January 13).

"Campaign Rhetoric Obscures Facts about Federal Money" from The Austin American Statesman (2010 January 10)

"Texas Democrats Optimistic They'll Break String of Losses in Statewide Races" from The Dallas Morning News (2010 January 5)

"Gay Candidates Get Support that Causes May Not" from The New York Times (2009 December 28)

"Recession Slows Population Rise Across Sun Belt" from The New York Times (2009 December 24)

"Obama Focuses More on Issue Czars, Less on Cabinet" from The Examiner (2009 April 21)

"Bipartisan Panel Debates Public Policy" from The Daily Texan (2009 February 20)

"For Obama, Immigration Reform Takes Backseat to Economy" from The Dallas Morning News (2008 November 30)

"Prof Evaluates Election" from The Daily Texan (2008 November 12)

"Professors Assess Final Debate's Effects" from The Daily Texan (2008 October 16)

"UT Professors Predict Obama to be Next President" from The Daily Texan (2008 October 15)

"Campus Fusion Tackles Diversity" from The Daily Texan (2008 October 15)

"Tom Davis Gives Up" from The New York Times (2008 October 5)

"Disappointed Bush Urges Lawmakers to Try Again on Bailout" from The Dallas Morning News (2008 September 30)

"Democrats Drill on Beating GOP Incumbents, Support Offshore Drilling" from The Dallas Morning News (2008 September 16)

"Runoff Candidates Avoid Immigration; In District on Border, Campaigns Believe Issue Cuts Both Ways" from USA Today (2006 December 8)

"Texans Now in the Minority in the Senate" from The Austin American Statesman (2006 November 10)

"Rep. Lloyd Doggett Wins 4-Way Race for District 25 House Seat" from The Daily Texan (2006 November 8)

"Students Gather, Watch Results Come In" from The Daily Texan (2006 November 8)

"Perry Wins with 39 Percent" from The Daily Texan (2006 November 8)

"More Young Voters Expected to Participate" from The Daily Texan (2006 November 7)

"Democrats Vow to Keep UP Fight" from The Austin American Statesman (2006 November 5)

"Experts: Doggett's House Seat Safe" from The Daily Texan (2006 November 1)

"Faculty Members Predict Democratic Takeover at Forum" from The Daily Texan (2006 October 25)

"Congressional Incumbents See No Reason to Debate" from The Austin American Statesman (2006 October 21)

"Some House Elections May Wait" from The Daily Texan (2006 September 7)

"Top Court OKs Redistricting" from The Daily Texan (2006 June 29)

"FAC Available for Early Voting in Primaries" from The Daily Texan (2006 February 22)

"Assistant Professor Predicts Democratic House" from The Daily Texan (2006 February 17)

"Rule May Limit Debate Tonight" from The Daily Texan (2004 September 30)

"Congress Grows More Polarized, Less Polite" from Copley News Service (2004 September 17)

"Final Debate Shifts Focus Back Home" from The Daily Texan (2004 October 14)

"Final Debate Can Make or Break" from The Daily Texan (2004 October 13)

"Debate 2004" from The Daily Texan

"Partisan Divisions Grow in Congress" from The Springfield (IL) State Journal Register (2004 September 20)

"Congress Returns to Huge Workload" from The Washington Times (2004 September 6)

"Congress Returns With Too Much To Do, too Little Time" from Cox Newspapers (2004 September 5)

"Winner Takes All in District 10 Runoff Race" from Associated Press (2004 April 9) 

"Gay Marriage Amendment: Valid?" from The Daily Texan (2004 April 1)

"How's My Voting: Texans Tailor Pitch to Districts" from Congressional Quarterly (2004 March 27)

"Stenholm to Vie for Republican District" from The Hill

"Panelists Analyze Bush Administration" from The Daily Texan (2003 February 11)

"Kingston Hosts Summit of G-8 Politicians" from Kingston Whig-Standard

"Enron Woes Could Impact Senate Contest in Texas as Dems Seek to Exploit GOP Ties" from The Hill (2002 January 23)

"Let’s Skip McCain’s Sideshow" from The National Review Online (2001 April 30)

"Let's Skip McCain's Sideshow"from The Cato Institute (2001 April 30)

Articles about Me, My Students, My Classes or My Research

"Partisanship is Here to Stay" in The Weekly Standard (2010 August 26) -- also in The Examiner (2010 August 27)

"Friar Teaching Award Presentation to Professor Theriault" (2009)

"Western Grad Receives Friar Award" in The Midland Daily News (2009 May 6)

"Theriault Awarded Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship" in Our Campus (2009 May)

"UT Grad One of 50 Finalists for Island Caretaker Contest" from The Daily Texan (2009 March 12) -- about Juweon Kim

"UT Class Examines Presidential Debate" from The Daily Texan (2008 October 8)

"Undergraduate Research in the Humanities" in Council of Undergraduate Research (20087 Summer)

"Students Use Fellowship Grants to Fund Research" in The Daily Texan (2008 April 1)

"Professor Watch List" from the Young Conservatives of Texas (2007 Spring)

"UT Prof Wins Silver Medal in Gay Games" from The Daily Texan (2006 July 19)

"Hail to the Chief!" from The San Antonio Express-News (2002 May 7) -- about Katie King

"What's Hot at APSA?" from Washington Monthly (2000)

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