Alfred Walter Negley Professor of Political Science

B.A., M.A., University of West Florida; M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University


Andrea Hatcher received a B.A. and M.A. in political science from the University of West Florida, and a Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University.

Her research and teaching interests focus on American political institutions (presidency, legislative process, and the courts by constitutional law. She also offers courses on religion and American politics, voting, and southern politics. 

Among her campus activities, she serves as faculty advisor to Sewanee’s mock legislature and moot court teams. She is also director of Sewanee’s Pre-Law Program.


Her book, Majority Leadership in the U.S. Senate: Balancing Constraints (Cambria Press, 2010), is the first comprehensive study of the office of U.S. Senate Majority Leader and finds, among other trends, that Senate Majority Leaders emerge from the party's ideological median but tend to become more ideologically extreme as their margin of majority increases. In “The Electoral Risks of Senate Majority Leadership, or How Tom Daschle Lost and Harry Reid Won”, she explains the (rare) conditions under which Senate Majority Leaders lose re-election.


Currently, her research interests diversify to include a comparative study of the political behaviors of American and British Evangelicals, including the Christian Right in the UK. She has published Political and Religious Identities of British Evangelicals and has in progress a study of the politics of Black-majority churches in the UK.


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