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Sean Q Kelly

Professor, Political Science

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Ph.D Political Science, University of Colorado, 1992
B.A. Political Science, Seattle University, 1986


Sean Q Kelly is Professor of Political science. A native of Seattle, WA, he earned his BA in political science from Seattle University in 1986 and his PhD in political science from the University of Colorado in 1992. A specialist in American politics, Kelly teaches broadly focusing on political institutions, public policy and public administration.

Kelly’s research focuses on the study of American political institutions and public policy. As an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow (1993-1994) he served on the staff of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, an arm of the Democratic Leadership in the U.S. Senate. He is the coauthor (with Scott Frisch) Committee Assignment Politics in the U.S. House of Representatives (University of Oklahoma Press 2006), Jimmy Carter and the Water Wars: Presidential Influence and the Politics of Pork (Amherst, NY: Cambria Press 2008), and Cheese Factories on the Moon: Why Earmarks are Good for American Democracy (Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers 2011). Kelly is co-editor of Campaigns and Political Marketing (Haworth Press 2006) and Doing Archival Research in Political Science (Amherst, NY: Cambria Press 2012), and author or coauthor of numerous journal articles and book chapters. Kelly is the past Editor of the Legislative Studies Section's Extension of Remarks and served on the Editorial Board of the International Encyclopedia of Political Science (CQ Press). He is a past-member of the Executive Council of the Western Political Science Association and an active member of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress.

Before joining the faculty at Channel Islands, Kelly taught at East Carolina University and Niagara University. While at Niagara University he served as Chair of the Department of Political Science, Director of the Environmental Leadership Institute, and Director of Environmental Studies. Active in the Niagara Falls community he served as Chair of the Niagara Falls Charter Commission, Chair of the Lake Ontario Ordnance Works Restoration Advisory Board, and in several volunteer positions for Niagara County. He was cited by both the city of Niagara Falls and the Niagara County Legislature for his volunteer activities.



American politics, Congress, the presidency, public policy, archival research

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