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Jocelyn Evans


Dr. Jocelyn Evans, professor of government and associate dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, teaches American government, legislative behavior, women and politics, religion and politics, political theory and research methods.

She has published several books and scholarly articles that explore congressional behavior, political culture and political science education. Evans, who was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in Washington, D.C., during the 9/11 and anthrax attacks in 2001, wrote “One Nation Under Siege: Congress, Terrorism, and the Fate of American Democracy,” a book that documents how terrorism impacted the culture on Capitol Hill. She is co-author of “Central Ideas in American Government,” a best-selling interactive webtext, now in its sixth edition, that helps students learn critical introductory concepts of American government and politics. She also wrote “Women, Partisanship, and the Congress,” a book that examines the differences between Republican and Democratic political cultures and how they affect women members of Congress. Currently, she is working on a manuscript that focuses on how technology has shaped communication between members of Congress and their constituents.

In her current role as associate dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Evans teaches first-year students in the Kugelman Honors Program how to be leaders through service in their community. Recently, her class evaluated 53 Pensacola city parks using the Public Space Index developed by Vikas Mehta and mapped their results through the UWF GeoScience Lab. This research is publicly available at

Evans, who was the chair of the Department of Government at UWF from 2012 to 2014, is on the editorial board of the academic journal, Perspectives on Political Science, and has served on the councils of political science associations, such as the Southwest Political Science Association, the Florida Political Science Association, and the American Political Science Association’s Women’s Caucus – South.

Degrees & Institutions:

She received a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Berry College, and master’s and doctorate degrees in political science from the University of Oklahoma, where she received the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center Graduate Fellowship. 

Keywords: legislative behavior, women and politics, religion and politics, Pensacola city water parks