Paul Snell, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Marsh Hall 235 (Forest Grove)
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Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. We do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline. 

Professor Snell regularly teaches the following courses:

HUM 100 | Origins, Identity & Meaning
POLS 140 | Introduction to US Politics
POLS 255 | Race and US Politics
POLS 306 | Presidency and Congress 
POLS 321 | Protest, Dissent, and Social Change
POLS 325 | Constitutionalism I
POLS 326 | Constitutionalism II

Areas of Research & Specialization

Professor Snell teaches courses and carries out research broadly around the themes of power, representation, and the politics of difference. He is currently examining how political, legal, and social actors influence the beliefs and actions of public interest law organizations like the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund and the ACLU. He is also conducting an ordinary language analysis of the word "power" to recover its many meanings, including the power to influence. His most recent work examined how members of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus represent queer Americans.


PhD in Political Science, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, 2017

Masters of Arts in Political Sience, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, 2013

Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction-Elementary Education, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, 2010

Bachelor of Arts in Government (Honors), Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California, 2008


Snell, Paul. 2020. Theoretical perspectives on lgbt representation and party politics. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford University Press. doi: 

Snell, Paul. 2017. "Equality in the House: The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and the Substantive Representation of the LGBTQ Community." In LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader, eds. Marla Brettschneider, Susan Burges, and Cricket Keating. New York: NYU Press.


Snell, Paul, "Context and Action: The Political Opportunity Sructure of Public Interest Law Organizations." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 2016.

Snell, Paul, "Rainbow Representation: The Substantive Representation of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community in the 111th and 112th Congress." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 2015.

Professional Development

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Preparing Future Faculty Program (Fall 2014) Description: A one-semester course covering a variety of topics related to effective instruction, such as: learning styles, active learning strategies, building conceptual schemes, effective lesson planning, and assessment techniques.

Attendee, UMN Political Science Teaching Conference, July 24th-July 25th 2014 Description: Attended sessions on integrating methods and articles in political science classrooms, facilitating classroom discussion, as well as gender in the academy, as well as applying in a variety of academic settings.