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Sean Cain

Associate Professor

Sean Cain
Sean Cain

Associate Professor Sean A. Cain teaches courses on American government and politics, political development, elections, voting behavior, campaign finance, government budgeting, the legislative branch, news media, political parties, interest groups, and research design and quantitative methodology.  His research focuses on American election campaigns, campaign finance policy, the professional campaigning industry, and legislative politics.  His work has been published in the journals Political BehaviorElection Law JournalThe Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary PoliticsPresidential Studies QuarterlyJournal of Political Marketing, and the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration.  Dr. Cain received his PhD from the University of California San Diego and has taught at George Washington University, the University of California Washington Center, the University of Maryland, and the American University School of Public Affairs.



Ph.D., University of California San Diego

Classes Taught

  • Introduction to American Government
  • Polling and Voting Behavior
  • Money and American Politics
  • Politics and the Media
  • Presidential Elections
  • Legislative Process
  • Political Parties and Pressure Groups
  • American Political Development
  • American Empire (freshmen seminar)
  • Quantitative Methodology in Political Science
  • Senior Capstone (seminar in research design)

Areas of Expertise

American Politics with a specialization in campaigns and elections, legislative politics, and methodology.