Shannon Jenkins


Shannon Jenkins, PhD she/her/hers

Associate Dean

College of Arts & Sciences




Liberal Arts 370


2003Loyola University ChicagoPhD in Political Science
1993University of Notre DameBA in Government and Computer Applications


  • American Politics
  • State and Local Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Women and Politics




Research activities

  • Fulbright Scholar - Japan: Yokohama National University and Tokai University (2019)
  • Manning Prize for Teaching Excellence (2019)
  • Fulbright Scholar - China: East China University of Political Science and Law (2012)


Research interests

  • State Legislatures
  • State and Local Political Parties
  • Women and Politics
  • Political Science Education

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Shannon Jenkins is the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She started at UMass Dartmouth in 2004 and is a Professor of Political Science. She served as chair of the Political Science Department from 2012-2018 and was the Academic Director of Online Learning in Online and Continuing Education from 2015 to the 2020. Her primary research focuses on decision-making in state legislatures, with a specific focus on the role of political organizations and gender in shaping outputs in these institutions. She also researches the effect of engaged learning pedagogies on college students’ political interest and engagement; she was awarded the Manning Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2019 in recognition of this work. She is the author/co-author of three books and has received two Fulbright awards, one in China in 2012 and one in Japan in 2019.