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1226 Park Street
Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Curriculum Vitae

Sheahan Virgin

Assistant Professor
Offices, Departments, or Centers: Political Science ,

Sheahan Virgin is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College, having previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Saint Mary's College, in Notre Dame, Indiana (AY 2019-20). Virgin received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University (2019); in 2018, the Vanderbilt College of Arts and Science named him its Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, across all 33 academic departments.

Virgin's research, which focuses on electoral rules—in particular the motivation to reform those rules—has been published in Electoral Studies and is currently R&R’ed at The American Journal of Political Science. His present project examines the effect of American exceptionalism, as an attitude, on individuals' aversion to changing U.S. electoral rules. 

Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Virgin was a research fellow with the electoral reform nonprofit FairVote (2012), located in Washington D.C.; there, he worked on—and advocated for—reforms such as proportional representation, ranked-choice voting, and the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC).

At Grinnell, Virgin will teach courses on American political behavior and public opinion, voting and elections, and democratic decline. 

Education and Degrees

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Political Science, 2019; MA, University of Chicago, Social Sciences, 2010; BA, Grinnell College, Political Science, 2008

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