Danielle Vinson

Danielle Vinson

Professor, Politics and International Affairs

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C. Danielle Vinson is a Professor of Politics and International Affairs 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 from 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, Humor and Politics, and American Government and regularly directs the Department’s Washington internship program. She also teaches a course on Native American Politics. She is the author of the books Local Media Coverage of Congress and Its Members and Congress and the Media: Beyond Institutional Power. She 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 won the University’s Meritorious Advising Award in 2001 and a teaching award from the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. 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). She has served as Furman's Faculty Athletics Representative since 2019.


  • 2001 Meritorious Advising Award
  • South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Teaching Award 2019
  • Furman University Student Organization Advisor of the Year 2022


  • Ph.D., Duke University
  • M.A., Duke University
  • B.A., Furman University


  • 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.