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Sean M Theriault

Associate Professor, Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts


Theriault researches party polarization in the U.S. Congress and the differences between elected officials' goals, ideas and attitudes and those of their constituencies. He examines the ethical considerations presented when the viewpoints of constituents and their representatives don't connect. Theriault has published articles on presidential rhetoric, congressional careers, issue framing, the Compromise of 1850 and public approval of Congress. Learn more about his research in his Take Five video lecture.


American political institutions; Political party polarization; U.S. Congress; elections; voters.

"The Power of the People: Congressional Competition, Public Attention, and Voter Retribution" (Ohio State University Press, 2005).