Alison Dagnes, Ph.D.

417 Grove Hall
(717) 477-1754

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9 AM - 11 AM
Wednesdays: 11 AM - 1 PM
Also By Appointment and By Accident


Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Political Science), 2003
B.A., St. Lawrence University (Government), 1991

Research Interests

  • American political institutions and behavior
  • American political media
  • Ideology in political satire


  • U.S. Government and Politics
  • Public Opinion and Political Media
  • The Presidency
  • Interest Groups
  • Legislative Process
  • Political Parties & Elections
  • Women and Politics
  • American Political Thought
  • Honors U.S. Government
  • Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar on Campaigns & Elections
  • Political Satire
  • Two Capitals: Experiential Learning in Harrisburg and Washington
Dr. Dagnes' C.V.


Dr. Alison Dagnes is Professor of Political Science at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. She is the author of  Politics on Demand: The Effects of 24-Hour News On American Politics and A Conservative Walks Into a Bar: The Politics of Political Humor. She frequently speaks on the topic of the modern political media system and its effects. She has also edited two books on political scandal and is a national expert on sex scandals, which pleases her father to no end. Prior to receiving her doctorate in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Dr. Dagnes was a producer for C-SPAN in Washington, DC which isn’t as boring as it sounds.