The MassPoliticsProfs are delighted to welcome a new Prof, Professor Shannon Jenkins of UMass Dartmouth. Watch for her upcoming posts.
Shannon Jenkins is an Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her research focuses on state legislatures and state and local party organizations. She has published two books: State and Local Party Organizations in the 21st Century (SUNY Press with Douglas Roscoe) and The Context of Legislating: Constraints on the Legislative Process (Routledge). She has also published research on campaign contributions, gender and fundraising, Massachusetts politics, state legislatures, and state and local political parties. She teaches courses on state politics, state legislatures, public policy, education policy, state and local policy, and Massachusetts politics. These classes feature service-learning projects, community engaged research, undergraduate research, case studies, and simulations. She also teaches numerous online courses and currently serves as the Academic Director of Online Learning at UMass Dartmouth. She earned her B.A. in Government and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame and her PhD in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago. She lives on the SouthCoast in Dartmouth, with her husband Doug Roscoe and their two sons. Prof. Jenkins has moderated numerous debates on the SouthCoast, including Massachusetts gubernatorial debates in 2010 and 2014. She’s actively engaged in her community, currently serving on the Dartmouth School Committee, the Executive Boards of the Dartmouth YMCA and Dartmouth Educational Foundation and as a town meeting member.