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Vita of Sean F. Evans

Education

B.A. David Lipscomb University
M.A. University of Alabama
Ph.D. University of Colorado

Employment

Chair, Department of Political Science, 2007 - present.

Associate Professor, Union University, 2006 - present.

Assistant Professor, Union University, 2000-2006.

Publications

The Establishment Strikes Back: The Education of Tea Party Legislators in the Tennessee State Legislature.” Journal of the Union Faculty Forum 34: 76-96.

 

Tables "Mean Turnover in the House of Representatives from Various Sources (as a Proportion of Total House Membership) by Decade and Party System, 1789-1998," with Stephen A. Borrelli, Brian C. Reed, and Sean F. Evans, in Harold W. Stanley and Richard G. Niemi, eds., Vital Statistics on American Politics 1997-1998 (Washington, DC:  CQ Press, 1998); and "Mean Turnover in the House of Representatives from Various Sources (as a Proportion of Total House Membership) by Decade and Party System, 1789-2000," Vital Statistics on American Politics 1999-2000 (1999), 2001-2002 (2001), 2003-2004 (2003), 2005-2006 (2005), 2006-2007 (2006), 2007-2008 (2008), 2009-2010 (2010), 2011-12 (2012), 2013-2014 (2014).

 Clinton v Jones,” “Cooper v Aaron,” “Craig v Boren,” “Humphrey’s Executor v United States,”Lee v Weisman,” “Olmstead v United States,” “Planned Parenthood v Casey,” and “South Carolina v Katzenbach.”  In Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution.  David Schultz, ed. Facts on File, 2009.

"A New Look at Turnover in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1789-1998," with John W. Swain, Stephen A. Borelli, and Brian C. Reed. American Politics Quarterly 28 (4):  435-57. 

Conference Presentations 

“The Establishment Strikes Back: The Education of Tea Party Legislators in the Tennessee State Legislature.” Christians in Political Science, Azusa Pacific University, May 29-31, 2014.

 

“The Political Environment and Strategic Retirement from the House of Representatives.” Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, Jan. 9-11, 2014.

 

“The Impact of Losing Majority Party Status on Retirement from the House, 1945-2010,” with John Swain. Southern Political Science Association, Orlando, FL, Jan. 3-5, 2013.

 

“The Impact of Reform on Retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, 1945-2010,” with John        Swain.  Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 13-15, 2012.

 “Strategic Retirement from the US Senate, 1945-2010,” with John W. Swain. Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL March 3- April 2, 2011.

 “Strategic Retirement from the US House of Representatives, 1947-2008,” with John W. Swain and Brian C. Reed. Southwestern Political Science Association, Denver, CO, April 8-10, 2009.

“Strategic Retirement from the Republican House of Representatives, 1995-2006,” with John W. Swain and Brian C. Reed. Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, January 17-19, 2008.

“Strategic Retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, 1947-2004,” with John W. Swain and Brian C. Reed. Southwestern Political Science Association, Albuquerque, NM, March 15-17, 2007.

"Partisan Committee Opposition in the U.S. House of Representatives."  Southern Political Science Association, Atlanta, GA, January 5-7, 2006.

"The Moderation Hypothesis in Local Southern Elections." Southern Political Science Association.  New Orleans, LA. January 6-8, 2005.

"The Carryover Effect in State and Local Elections." Midwest Political Science Association.  Chicago, IL April 15-18, 2004.

"The Guardian of Good Ideas:  Minority Party Policy Making in Congress." Southwestern Political Science Association.  San Antonio, TX. April 17-19, 2003.

"The Judicial Confirmation Process:  Problems and Prospects."  Tennessee Political Science Association. April 11-12, 2003.

"60 Million and Change:  Self-Financing and the Definition of Candidate Quality."  Southern Political Science Association, Atlanta, GA.  Nov. 8-10, 2001. 

"The House That Governs Least, Governs Best: Obstruction in the US House of Representatives." American Political Science Association, Atlanta, GA. Sept. 2-5, 1999. 

"Candidate Quality in US House Elections: Candidate Emergence in the 1998 Elections," with Walter J. Stone, L. Sandy Maisel, and Cherie Maestas. Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. April 15-17, 1998. 

"The Ties That Bind: A New Institutional Approach to Norms." Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. April 15-17, 1997.

"U.S. House Turnover, 1789-1995: Toward A 'Systemic' Perspective" with Stephen A. Borelli, John W. Swain, and Brian C. Reed. American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA. Sept 1-3, 1996. 

"Have Norms Really Declined?: A Reexamination of Norm Adherence in the House of Representatives." Western Political Science Association, Portland, OR. March 15-17, 1995.


 Awards, Honors, and Grants

“College Evangelical Survey.” Fall 2009 (with Micah Watson, Matt Kuchem, and Katie Mohler). Union University Undergraduate Research Grant.

Who’s Who in America, 2007-2009.

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.  2004-2009.

President, Tennessee Political Science Association, 2007-08.

“Citizen Views Toward Metropolitican Government and the Jackson Madison County School System.” Spring 2007 (with Alexandria Scarbrough and Jordan Scott). Union University Undergraduate Research Grant.

President - Elect, Tennessee Political Science Association, 2006-07.

Vice President, Tennessee Political Science Association, 2005-2006.

Faculty Leader, Campaign 2004:  The Republican National Convention, August 22-September 3, 2004.  The Washington Center. 

Secretary, Tennessee Political Science Association, 2004-2005.

Whither the Southern Republican?:  Republican and Democratic Prospects at the Local Level in the South. Spring 2004 (with Jenny Buffington and Rachelle Haskins).  Union University Undergraduate Research Grant.  2004. 

Treasurer, Tennessee Political Science Association, 2003-2004.

Executive Committee, Tennessee Political Science Association, 2002-2003.

Divisive Primaries in State and Local Elections.  Spring 2002. Teagle Research Grant. 

Politics and Religion.  Summer 2001. Teagle Grant for Course Redesign and Development. 

Community Service 

Columnist, The Jackson Sun. 2006-present.

Political Analyst (various topics). WBBJ-TV, ABC -7. 2000-present; Jackson 24/7, 2011-present; The Tennessean, 2010-2012; The Commercial Appeal, 2010-2012; FoxNews.com, 2008-2010, 2014. 

“The 2014 Midterm Elections.” Presentation to the Bicentennial Exchange Club. November, 2014.

Co-Coordinator “What is Amendment 2 Forum?” with Madison County Bar Association. October 23, 2014.

“Obama’s Second Term.” Presentation to the Jackson Good Morning Rotary Club. January, 2012.

“The 2012 Presidential Election.” Presentation to the Jackson Good Morning Rotary Club. September, 2012.

“The GOP Presidential Primary.” Presentation to the Bicentennial Exchange Club. Oct. 19, 2011.

“The Primary Elections.” Presentation at the Bicentennial Exchange Club. Aug. 2, 2010.

Coordinated the Jones Lecture on Bipartisanship in Washington with U.S. Representatives John Tanner and Joann Emerson. October 2009.

“McCain v Obama: The Homestretch.” Presentation to the Jackson Good Morning Rotary Club. September 11, 2008.

“The 2008 Presidential Election.” Presentation to the Jackson Good Morning Rotary Club. August, 23, 2007.

“The New Democratic Congress.” Presentation to the Jackson Good Morning Rotary Club.  February 22, 2007.

Coordinator and presenter, The Democratic Congress and the Next Two Years. November 13, 2006.  Union University. 

“History of Judicial Review.”  Madison Academic Magnet High School, October 25, 2006.

“Riding the Democratic Wave to Victory?:  An Look at the US Senate Race in Tennessee.”  Presentation to the Jackson Good Morning Rotary Club.  August 10, 2006.

“How Low Can Bush Go?” Presentation to the Jackson Good Morning Rotary Club.  May 11, 2006.

Coordinator, Town Hall on Social Security with Congressman John Tanner. March 29, 2005. G. M. Savage Chapel.

“The 2004 Presidential Campaign.”  Presentation to the Jackson Exchange Club.  Oct. 26, 2004.

“The Meaning of the Presidential Election.”  Harvey Hall, Union University.  November 4, 2004.

“Kerry, Bush, and Bubbas.”  Presidential Debate Watch for the three presidential debates and the vice presidential debate at Bubba’s Bagels on Sept. 30, Oct. 5, Oct. 8, and Oct 13, 2004.

Election Night Analyst on the Tennessee Presidential Democratic Primary.  News Radio 1390 WTJS.  Feb. 11, 2004.

“The State of the Bush Presidency.”  Jackson Good Morning Rotary Club.  March 14, 2002.

“The Primary Season: Kerry, Bush, and the Presidential Election.”  Jackson Bicentennial Exchange Club.  Feb. 10, 2004. 

“California’s Don Sundquist: The Recall, Gray Davis, and Ahhnold.”  Jackson Good Morning Rotary Club. October 21, 2003.

"Republican Realignment or Flash in the Pan: The 2002 Midterm Elections."  Alpha Chi Honor Society at Union University.  November 18, 2002.   

"The Winners and Losers in the 2002 Midterm Elections." Jackson Good Morning Rotary Club. November 14, 2002. 

“Political Campaign Advertising.”  West Tennessee Ad Federation. October 2, 2002.

"The State of the Bush Presidency."  Jackson Good Morning Rotary Club.  March 14, 2002.

"Politics, Religion, and the Founding."  Jackson Bicentennial Exchange Club.  Nov. 6, 2001.

Tennessee Legislative Intern Sponsor Committee, 2000-01.  

"The Coming 2000 Election."  Downtown Rotary Club.  Nov. 1, 2000.

"Mikhail Gorbachev -- A Panel Discussion." Jackson Civic Center.  Oct. 10, 2000. 

Institutional Service

 

Pre-Law Advisor, 2000 – Present. 

 

Sponsor, Alpha Chi National Honor Society, 2013-present.

 

Sponsor, Union Pre-Law Society, 2000-present.

 

Chair, Faculty Affairs Committee, 2012-2015. Led committee in adopting reforms to university committee system.

 

Organized and participated in “The Imperial Presidency” discussion for Constitution Day, Sept. 18, 2014.

 

Lectures on Health Care Reform to DNP students. August 2011; August & October 2012; May & Dec. 2013; Sept. & Dec. 2014.

 

 “Environmental Politics and Policy,” for the Environmental Science Town and Gown, Summer 2010-2012.

 

 “All the News That’s Fit to Read and Watch: How to be an Active, Informed Consumer of the News,” for the Media, Politics, and Democracy” Town and Gown.  February 2012.

 

Coordinator, “The First Commandment v the First Amendment: What Does the Constitution Say?” with Peter Irons. Sept. 19, 2011.

 

Led Go East Asia Trip, Summer 2011.

 

“Energy Independence: Policy and Perspective.” Energy Sustainability Town and Gown, Fall 2011.

 

Small Group Discussion Leader for Scholars of Excellence, 2005-2010.

 

Organized and participated in Post-election discussion,” Nov. 6, 2010.

 

Coordinator, “Bipartisanship in Washington, D.C.” Jones Lecture with Congressman John Tanner and Joann Emerson. Oct. 12, 2009.

 

Organized and participated in Constitution Day Lecture “Does the Constitution Still Matter?,” Sept. 15, 2010.

 

Faculty Affairs Committee, 2009-2010.

 

Chair, Honors Community Leadership Committee, 2007 -2009. Led committee in creating discipline specific honors and hiring Director of Honors Community.

 

“Between Iraq and a Hard Place.” Preview Day Lecture, October 12, 2007.

 

Quality Enhancement Team, 2005 - 2007.

 

“Between Iraq and a Hard Place.” Preview Day Lecture, February 19, 2007.

 

“The Establishment Clause in Constitutional Jurisprudence.” God v Caesar: Church and State Reconsidered?, September 17, 2007.

 

Coordinator and panelist, The Constitution in an Age of Terrorism. September 19, 2006.

 

Small Group Discussion Leader for Leading U.  Doubletree Hotel in Jackson, April 10, 2005.

 

Small Group Discussion Leader for Leading U.  Doubletree Hotel in Jackson, October 2005.

 

Coordinator, Constitution Day Program on the Future of the Supreme Court. Harvey Hall, Sept. 19, 2005.

 

“John Roberts and the Future of the Supreme Court.” Panel Discussion on the Future of the Supreme Court, Sept. 19, 2005.

 

“Do Political Ads Inform Voters?”  Preview Day, Fall 2005 and Spring 2006.

 

President of Faculty Forum, 2004-2005.

 

University Curriculum Committee, 2001 – 2005.

 

Small Group Discussion Leader for Leading U.  Doubletree Hotel in Jackson, March 2005.

 

 “The Lorax v the Onceler:  Environmental Politics in the US.”  Environmental Issues Town and Gown, Summers 2002-05.

 

Coordinator, Race for the White House Town and Gown.  Union University Jackson campus, Oct. 4-Nov. 1, 2004.

 

“Power to the People.” Jackson Reads The Last Juror Town and Gown, Summer 2004.

 

“Grad School – How to Get In and What to Expect.”  Career U at Union University, October 19, 2004.

 

“The Art of Political Communication.”  Preview Day, Oct. 8, 2004.

 

“Response to Getting Marriage Right.”  Enkuklios Paideia April 29, 2004. 

 

Vice President of Faculty Forum, 2003-04.

 

Chair of the Faculty Forum Committee on Structure and Governance, 2003-04. 

 

“The United States of Americas?:  The Future of the North American Political Community.”  NAFTA Town and Gown, January 27, 2004.

 

Coordinator, Race for the White House 2004.  Union University Germantown campus, January 19 & 22, 2004.

 

“Strategy and Politics of the Democratic Campaigns.” Race for the White House 2004.  Union University Germantown campus, January 19, 2004. 

 

“The Art of Persuasion:  Do Political Commercials Inform Voters?” with Phillip Ryan. Preview Day, Nov. 7 & 21, 2003.

 

 “US versus the World:  Values and Institutions in Society” with Jean Marie Walls. Preview Day, Oct. 10, 2003. 

 

“Grad School – How to Get In and What to Expect.”  Career U at Union University, October 2, 2003.

 

“Why Americans Hate Politics.”  Jackson Reads The Emperor of Ocean Park Town and Gown, Summer 2003.

 

 “Republican Realignment or Flash in the Pan: The 2002 Midterm Elections."  Presentation to Alpha Chi Honor Society at Union University.  November 18, 2002.   

 

 “The State of the Bush Presidency.”  Presentation to the Rutledge History Club.  May 2, 2001.

 

“America Fights Back Panel.”  The Chapel.  October 9, 2001. 

 

"Attack on America Panel."  The Chapel.  September 13, 2001.

 

Life Issues:  Election 2000.  Harvey Hall.  Oct. 26, 2000. 

 

“You’re Voting For Whom?:  Thinking Christianly About Politics.”  Mars Hill Forum.  Sept. 27, 2000.

 

Teaching Interests

 

Congress
Parties and Elections
The Presidency
Constitutional Law
Judicial Politics
American Government