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Dan Shea


Daniel M. Shea is a Professor of Government at Colby College, where he directed the Goldfarb Center for
Public Affairs and Civic Engagement from 2012 to 2017. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of
Albany, State University of New York. An award-winning teacher, Shea has spearheaded numerous
initiatives at Colby and other institutions designed to help young Americans better appreciate their
potential to bring about democratic change. The author or editor of nearly twenty books and dozens of
articles and chapters on the American political process, Shea’s research focuses on campaigns and
elections, political parties, the politics of scandal, and grassroots activism. His coauthored volume The
Fountain of Youth (2007) garnered national attention for its findings on how local party organizations
often neglect young citizens. His work on civility and compromise led to the publication of a co-edited
volume, Can We Talk? The Rise of Rude, Nasty, Stubborn Politics (2012). Other works authored by Shea
include Let’s Vote: The Essentials of the American Electoral Process and the college text Living

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