Sheahan Virgin

Faculty Profiles

Sheahan Virgin

Visiting Assistant Professor
Political Science
Spes Unica Hall 264

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Education 

PhD, Vanderbilt University
MA, Vanderbilt University
MA, University of Chicago
BA, Grinnell College

Research Interests 

  • Electoral rules and reform
  • Voting behavior
  • Nationalism and patriotism 
  • Democratic theory
  • Political parties and campaigns

Courses Recently Taught 

  • POSC 151: Political Issues (Fall 2019, Spring 2020)
  • POSC 210: Research Methods in Political Science (Spring 2020)
  • POSC 313: Mass Media and Public Opinion (Fall 2019)
  • POSC 314: Political Participation and Elections (Fall 2019)

Professional Experience 

  • Research fellow, FairVote: The Center for Voting and Democracy
  • Teaching assistant, Dept. of Political Science, Vanderbilt University
  • Research assistant, Dept. of Political Science, Vanderbilt University

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • Virgin, S.G. (2017). “Competing Loyalties in Electoral Reform: An Analysis of the U.S. Electoral College.” Electoral Studies 49: 38-48.
  • Virgin, S.G. (nd). “The Effect of Core Values on Support for Electoral Reform: Evidence from Two Survey Experiments.” (invited revise and resubmit)

Professional Memberships 

  • American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)
  • Southern Political Science Association (SPSA)