Faculty Experts - Colleen Sheehan, Ph.D.

Colleen Sheehan, Ph.D.

Colleen Sheehan, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Political Science
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • The American Founding

Summary

Dr. Sheehan's lived experience as a Pennsylvania state representative gives her views on government and politics exceptional relevance. She is an authority on President James Madison and Republicanism. Dr. Sheehan would be a particularly good source for stories on the inner workings of government and the history and current status of the Republican Party. An avid reader of the works of author Jane Austen, Dr. Sheehan has also written extensively about the enduring novelist.

Education

  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., Claremont Graduate University
  • B.A., Eisenhower College

Selected Publications

  • Sheehan, Colleen A., James Madison and the Spirit of Republican Self-Government, Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • Sheehan, Colleen, A., Friends of the Constitution: Writings of the "Other" Federalists, 1787-1788. Co-edited with Gary L. McDowell, Liberty Fund Press, 2006.
  • Sheehan, Colleen A., "Jane Austen's 'Tribute' to the Prince Regent," Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line.
  • Sheehan, Colleen A., "The Commerce of Ideas and Cultivation of Character in Madison's Republic," in Bradley C. Watson, ed., Civic Education and Culture, ISI Books, 2006.
  • Sheehan, Colleen A., "Madison v. Hamilton," in Douglas Ambrose, ed., The Life and Legacy of Alexander Hamilton, New York University Press, 2006.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Visiting Associate Professor, Princeton University
  • Member, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 149th Legislative District, Montgomery County, Pa.
  • Director, the Matthew J. Ryan Project for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good, Villanova University

About Villanova
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