Sean M Theriault
Sean Theriault's primary research interests include congressional decision-making. He is currently researching the distinction between ideological and war-making behavior in the U.S. Congress. He has published three books, "The Power of the People: Congressional Competition, Public Attention, and Voter Retribution" (2005), "Party Polarization in Congress" (2008), and "The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress" (2013). He has also published numerous articles in a variety of journals on subjects ranging from presidential rhetoric to congressional careers and the Louisiana Purchase to the Pendleton Act of 1883.
Dr. Theriault, whose classes include the U.S. Congress, Congressional Elections, Party Polarization in the United States, and the Politics of the Catholic Church, is passionate about teaching. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Friar Society Teaching Fellowship (the biggest undergraduate teaching award at University of Texas at Austin) in 2009, UT Professor of the Year in 2011, and the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award in 2014. In 2012, he was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.