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Patrick T. Hickey

Assistant Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University

My research investigates how presidents build winning legislative coalitions in Congress. I analyze members’ votes from 1957 to the present and find empirical evidence that members’ voting behavior on the presidential agenda results from constituency influence and members’ electoral incentives. Normatively, this research finds that representation and democratic accountability are alive and well in the American political system. My research has been published in outlets such as Presidential Studies Quarterly and Congress & the Presidency.

In addition to my passion for empirical research, I am strongly committed to graduate and undergraduate education. My interactive teaching style engages students and encourages them to make their own intellectual discoveries and form their own opinions about the political world. My highest compliments come when students tell me that my classes cause them to 1) care about politics, 2) want to participate in America’s democracy, and 3) respect the opinions of those who disagree with their own political views by understanding that, despite our differences, we are all patriotic Americans who want the best for our country.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University


  • 2012 
    University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D.