Heather Evans


John Morton Beaty Endowed Chair in Political Science
Coordinator of the Experiential Learning Hub
Academic Affairs
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Academic Appointments

  • 2019-current, John Morton Beaty Professor of Political Science, University of Virginia’s College at Wise
  • 2015- 2019, Associate Professor of Political Science, Sam Houston State University
  • 2009-2015, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Sam Houston State University

Books (3)

Evans, Heather K., Editor, (2018) Community Engagement Best Practices across the Disciplines: Applying Course Content to Community Needs. Rowman & Littlefield.

Evans, Heather K., Editor, (2017) Community Engagement Findings across the Disciplines: Applying Course Content to Community Needs. Rowman & Littlefield.

Evans, Heather K. (2014) Competitive Elections and Democracy in America: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Routledge.

Peer Reviewed Articles (17)

Clark, Jennifer Hayes and Heather K. Evans “Let’s Talk About Sex: Examining the Factors Influencing Congressional Response to #MeToo on Twitter.” PS: Political Science and Politics (Forthcoming).

Evans, Heather K., Jessica Habib, Danielle Litzen, Bryan San Jose, and Ashlee Ziegenbein. (2019) “Awkward Independents: What are Third Party Candidates Doing on Twitter?” PS: Political Science and Politics 52(1): 1-6.

Evans, Heather K., Kayla Brown, and Tiffany Wimberly. (2018) ““Delete Your Account”: The 2016 Presidential Race on Twitter.” Social Science Computer Review 36(4): 500-508.

Evans, Heather K., Sean Smith, Alexis Gonzales, and Kayla Strouse (2017) “Mudslinging on Twitter during the 2014 Election.” Social Media + Society April-June: 1-9.

Evans, Heather K. (2016) “Do Women Only Talk About “Female Issues”? Gender and Issue Discussion on Twitter.” Online Information Review 40(5): 660-672.

Evans, Heather K. and Jennifer Hayes Clark (2016) “‘You Tweet Like a Girl!’: How Female Candidates Campaign on Twitter.” American Politics Research 44(2): 326-352.

Evans, Heather K., Stephen Green, and Joycelyn Ovalle. (2016) “Rockin’ Robins: Do Congresswomen Rule the Roost of the Twittersphere.” Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 67(2):268-275.

Evans, Heather K. and Victoria Cordova (2015) “Lecture Videos in Online Courses: A Follow-Up” Journal of Political Science Education11(4): 472-482.

Evans, Heather K. (2015) “Service-learning and Political Engagement, Efficacy, and Apathy: A Case Study at Sam Houston State University.” Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice. 10(2).

Evans, Heather K., Edward G. Carmines, and Michael Ensley. (2014) “The Enduring Effects of Competitive Elections.” Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties. 24(4): 455-472.

Evans, Heather K., Victoria Cordova, and Savannah Sipole. (2014) “Twitter-Style: An Analysis of How House Candidates Used Twitter in their 2012 Campaigns” PS: Political Science and Politics 47(2): 454-462.

Evans, Heather K. (2014) “An Experimental Investigation of Videotaped Lectures in Online Courses” Tech Trends. 58(3): 63-70.

Evans, Heather K. (2013) “The Lasting Effect of Competitive Elections on Congressional Approval: Evidence from the 2010 and 2011 Cooperative Congressional Election Study.” Electoral Studies 32(4): 779-782.

Evans, Heather K. and Stacy Ulbig. (2012) “Virtual Social Butterflies and Politics: Exploring the Link between Sociability and Online Political Participation.” Journal of Information Technology and Politics. 9(4): 402-414.

Evans, Heather K. (2012) “Making Politics “Click”: The Costs and Benefits of Using Clickers in an Introductory Political Science Course.”Journal of Political Science Education 8(1): 85-93.

Evans, Heather K. and Ashley Moulder. (2011) “Reflecting on a Decade of Women’s Publications in Four Top Political Science Journals.”PS: Political Science and Politics 44(4):793-798.

Evans, Heather K. and Erik Bucy. (2010) “The Representation of Women in Publication: A Content Analysis of the Journals Political Communication and Press/Politics.”  PS: Political Science and Politics 43: 295-301.

Book Chapters (7)

Gervais, Bryan T., Heather K. Evans, and Annelise Russell. (2020) “Fear and Loathing on Twitter: Exploring Negative Rhetoric in Tweets During the 2018 Midterm Election.” in The Roads to Congress 2018 edited by Sean D Foreman, Marcia L. Godwin, and Walter Clark Wilson, Palgrave Macmillan

Evans, Heather K. (2018) “Attitudes Towards Torture: Analyzing the Effect of the Show 24” in The Hollywood Connection edited by Heather Yates and Tim Hill, Lexington.

Evans, Heather K., Kayla Brown, and Tiffany Wimberly. (2017) “Gender and Presidential Elections: How the 2016 Candidates Played the “Woman Card” on Twitter” in The Internet and the 2016 Presidential Campaign edited by Jody Baumgartner and Terri Towner, Lexington.

Evans, Heather K. (2017) “Community Engagement Effects Across the Disciplines: Impacts on Political Efficacy, Engagement, and Apathy” in Community Engagement Findings across the Disciplines: Applying Course Content to Community Needs edited by Heather K. Evans, Rowman & Littlefield.

Evans, Heather K. and Savannah Sipole. (2016) “From Home-Style to Twitter-Style: How Personal, District, and Campaign Characteristics affect House Candidates’ Twitter-Style.” in Social Media and Politics: A New Way to Participate in the Political Process, edited by Glenn W. Richardson, Jr. Praeger.

Evans, Heather K. (2016) “Communication with Constituents in 140 Characters: How Members of Congress used Twitter to Get Out the Vote in 2014.” in Twitter and Elections Around the World: Campaigning in 140 Characters or Less, edited by Richard Davis, Christina Holtz-Bacha, and Marion Just, Routledge.

Evans, Heather K. (2015) “Encouraging Civic Participation through Twitter during (and after) the 2012 Election” in Civic Education in the 21st Century:  A Multidimensional Inquiry, edited by Michael T. Rogers and Donald M. Gooch, Lexington Books.

Book Reviews (1)

Tweeting to Power: The Social Media Revolution in American Politics. (2014) by Jason Gainous and Kevin Wagner.  Journal of Politics 76(3).

2009, Ph.D., Political Science; Indiana University, Bloomington IN (Fields: American Politics, Research Methods)
2006, M.A., Political Science; Indiana University, Bloomington IN
2004, B.A., Political Science and Mathematics; Berea College, Berea KY
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