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Sean Cain

Interim Director of University Honors Program; Associate Professor of Political Science


Ph.D., Toronto


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Academic Affairs
  • Political Science
  • University Honors


Dr. Sean Cain received his PhD from the University of California San Diego and has taught at George Washington University, the University of California Washington Center, the University of Maryland, and the American University School of Public Affairs.

Dr. Cain teaches courses on American government and politics, political development, elections, voting behavior, campaign finance, government budgeting, the legislative branch, news media, political parties, interest groups, and research design and quantitative methodology.  His research focuses on American election campaigns, campaign finance policy, the professional campaigning industry, and legislative politics.  His work has been published in the journals Political BehaviorElection Law JournalThe Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary PoliticsPresidential Studies QuarterlyJournal of Political Marketing, and the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration


“Lockean Property and Literary Works,” Legal Theory 14 (2008): 257-280.

“Enlightenment and Freedom,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (2008): 223-44.