Patrick McSweeney

Patrick McSweeney is a PhD candidate in the Government Department at Georgetown University.

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He is working on a dissertation about young people as a group in political parties. The project explains a divergence in candidate preference by age and the consequences of these differences for the direction of the party. In the Summer of 2022 he is teaching GOVT 223: Young people in American Politics, a class inspired by his research and previous experiences working with students. McSweeney has previously served as a teaching assistant for GOVT 020: US Political Systems and a research assistant for multiple department faculty. McSweeney is originally from New Zealand and was thrown into the fire of American politics when he moved with his family to Ohio one month before the 2004 election. McSweeney then moved to Oklahoma where he finished high school and went on to receive his bachelor's in Political Science and Public Relations at the University of Oklahoma. After undergrad, McSweeney taught 7th grade social studies. He taught one year in Norman, OK and two years in Mesquite, TX. When not working on his dissertation McSweeney is likely watching sports including soccer, cricket and baseball.