Dr. Zachary McGee

Assistant Professor Government Department

The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin

Towson University

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Zachary McGee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at St. Lawrence University. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Government from The University of Texas at Austin in 2021 and 2017, respectively, and his B.S. in Political Science from Towson University in 2015. He teaches courses on American politics, particularly on the topics of the United States Congress, political parties, and the policy process. Through his teaching he seeks to connect students at St. Lawrence University with underserved communities in the North Country and expose students to local politics.

Professor McGee’s research centers on questions of power among elites in the American political system. In particular, he seeks to understand the growing interconnectedness and complexity of the U.S. political system especially between political parties and political institutions. He utilizes a variety of methodological approaches including quantitative statistical modeling and qualitative data collection in archives and interviews with elites in American politics. His research has been published in Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, and several other peer-reviewed journals and edited books. Generous support for Professor McGee’s research has come from the Dirksen Congressional Center, the Center for Effective Lawmaking, and several centers at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also a Faculty Associate with the U.S. Chapter of the Comparative Agendas Project.

When not working tirelessly to uncover the contours of power in American politics, Professor McGee enjoys playing video games, reading historical nonfiction, cooking vegan food for his husband Connor, and exploring new bottles of wine. He is a sucker for reality TV (e.g., Drag Race, RHONY, Below Deck, Selling Sunset) and loves listening to music (especially pop, dance, and alternative rock). Originally from the Appalachian region of Western Maryland, Professor McGee understands small-town living and is excited to adopt multiple pets in the near future to take for long walks in the beautiful North Country.

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