Dr. Erin McAdams is Associate Professor of Political Science at Presbyterian College, where she joined the faculty in 2012 after teaching at The Ohio State University, Dickinson College, and the College of Charleston. A graduate of Allegheny College, she earned her MA and PhD in political science from Ohio State in 2009. Provost Don Raber states that “since her arrival on campus, Dr. McAdams has emerged as a dynamic leader who motivates her students and colleagues to give their best and to make a difference in their communities.”
Dr. McAdams teaches a variety of courses in American politics and research methods. She focuses on campaigns, political parties, voting behavior, religious and gender issues, legal studies, and constitutional law. By emphasizing hands-on, experiential learning, she demonstrates to students how government is directly relevant to them so they may serve society as effective democratic citizens.
Dr. McAdams connects her teaching with research interests that cut across American public opinion, voting behavior, and partisanship. She works to explain Americans’ political attitudes and voting decisions, and her work has been published in Electoral Studies, Politics & Religion and The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. She engages her students in scholarly research by participating in summer programs and advising multiple independent research projects in political science.
Dr. McAdams directs the Pre-Law Studies program at PC, and she serves on the College’s Faculty Senate. She also advises many student groups on campus. According to department chair Dr. Booker Ingram, “her teaching, research, and community service inspire us all.”