Professor of Political Science, University of Texas at Austin

Bio :

Professor Theriault, who is fascinated by congressional decision-making, is currently researching the effect of interpersonal relationships within the U.S. Congress.  He has published numerous article and five books, including The Great Broadening (with Bryan Jones and Michelle Whyman; University of Chicago Press, 2019), which won the Richard Fenno Prize for the best book on legislatures. He has won many teaching awards for classes that include the U.S. Congress, Congressional Elections, Party Polarization in the United States, and the Politics of the Catholic Church. He has experienced no greater honor than “officiating” at two weddings for former students. Professor Theriault, who grew up in Michigan, has been to all 50 states (though only 49 state capitols) and six continents.  His research and teaching have taken him to among other places Seoul, Rome, and Berlin.  He is a competitive tennis player and an avid runner, having competed twice in the Boston Marathon.  Before obtaining his Ph.D. from Stanford University (in 2001; M.A. in Political Science in 2000), he attended the University of Richmond (B.A., 1993), and the University of Rochester (M.S. in Public Policy Analysis, 1996).


Seminar with Sean Theriault on May 17th: How Congressional Committee System Reform Affects Issue Attention

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Articles and Contributions to Collective Works

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