C. Danielle Vinson is a Professor of Political Science at Furman University. After completing her PhD in political science at Duke University, she joined the faculty at Furman in 1995 and served as the Chair of the Political Science Department 2009-2015. Her teaching and research interests focus on institutions in American government with a particular emphasis on Congress and the media. She teaches courses on Congress, the Presidency, Media and Politics, and American Government and regularly directs the Department’s Washington internship program. She is the author of the book Local Media Coverage of Congress and Its Members and has written articles and chapters on Congress and the media, political parties and the media, religion and politics in the media, and communication and spending in political campaigns. She is currently working on a book that looks at how Congress has used media to influence policymaking over the last 30 years. More than 30 students have worked with her on the research for that project. She won the university’s Meritorious Advising Award in 2001. As a native South Carolinian, she is often called upon by local, national, and even international press, especially during presidential primaries, to make sense of South Carolina politics (not quite as impossible as it sounds).


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Intro to Amer Government

The basic political science course focusing on American politics. Emphasis on the principles, institutions and politics of the federal government. Topics include: the U.S. Constitution, the presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court, political parties and interest groups, and the federal bureaucracy.


Intro to Political Analysis

The methodology of contemporary political science, including research techniques for studying political behavior.


American Presidency

The constitutional and political evolution of the presidential office, with emphasis on relations with Congress, the federal bureaucracy and the judiciary. Focus on presidential functions such as legislative leadership, budgeting, administrative coordination and making foreign policy.


American Congress

The development and operation of the U.S. Congress, focusing on its constitutional and political bases. Topics include elections, representation, congressional parties and committees, policy making, and relations with the presidency.


Media and Politics

The place of the media as an institution in the American political system. Topics include the nature of the U.S. media, their relationship to the president and the bureaucracy, Congress, the courts and interest groups, the media146s role in political campaigns and policy-making, and the media146s influence on opinion and political behavior of elites and the public.

  • Vinson, C. Danielle. Local Media Coverage of Congress and its Members: Through Local Eyes. Hampton Press. 2003
  • Vinson, C. Danielle and William V. Moore. 2007. "Campaign Disconnect: Media Coverage of the 2000 Republican Presidential Primary in South Carolina." Political Communication. Oct.-Dec.24: 393-413
  • Vinson, C. Danielle and John S. Ertter. 2002. "Entertainment or Education: How Do Media Cover the Courts." Press/Politics 7(4): 80-97
  • Vinson, C. Danielle and William V. Moore. 2001. "Issue Advocacy Groups and Money in the South Carolina Presidential Primary." Journal of Political Science 29
  • Vinson, C. Danielle. 2013. "Media and Congress: Who Has the Upper Hand?" In Travis Ridout (ed.). New Directions in Media and Politics. Routledge
  • Vinson, C. Danielle. 2012. "Content Analysis." In Akan Malici and Liz Smith (eds.). Political Science Research in Practice. Routledge
  • Vinson, C. Danielle. 2009. "Religion and the Mass Media." In Corwin Smidt, Lyman Kellstedt , and James Guth (eds.). Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics. Oxford University Press
  • Vinson, C. Danielle and James L. Guth. 2009. "Misunderestimating Religion in the 2004 Presidential Campaign." In Paul Marshall (ed.). Blindspot: When Journalists Don't Get Religion. Oxford University Press
  • Vinson, C. Danielle. 2008. "Political Parties and the Media." in Mark Rozell, ed. Media Power, Media Politics (2nd ed.). Rowman & Littlefield
  • Vinson, C. Danielle and James Guth. 2003. "A Slowing March toward Zion: South Carolina." in John C. Green, Mark Rozell, and Clyde Wilcox, ed. Marching Toward the Millenium: The Christian Right at the Grassroots. Georgetown University Press
  • Vinson, C. Danielle and William Moore. 2000. "South Carolina Senate Race." in David Magleby (ed.), Outside Money. Rowman-Littlefield
  • Vinson, C. Danielle. 2000. "Media and Politics: Cross Pressures and Conflicts." Current World Leaders (April): 45-55.
  • 2001 Meritorious Advising Award
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