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Dr. Alison Dagnes



417 Grove Hall

(717) 477-1754

Dr. Dagnes' Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Political Science), 2003
  • BA, 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 and Elections
  • Women and Politics
  • American Political Thought
  • Honors U.S. Government
  • Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar on Campaigns and Elections
  • Political Satire
  • Two Capitals: Experiential Learning in Harrisburg and Washington


Dr. Alison Dagnes is a Professor of Political Science at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. She is the author of "Super Mad at Everything All the Time: Political Media and Our National Anger," "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. 
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