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Alex Keena, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. University of California, Irvine (2016)
B.A. Loyola University Chicago (2011)
A.A. J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (2008)


Alex Keena, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at VCU. His work focuses broadly on political representation in the context of U.S. politics, and his areas of specialization include electoral systems, campaign finance, political geography and legislative behavior.

He is currently working on a follow-up volume to his 2016 book, Gerrymandering in America (Cambridge University Press), as well as a number of articles on campaign financing and partisan gerrymandering.

Before joining VCU, he was a visiting professor at the University of North Florida and at the University of Richmond.

In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Dr. Keena enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, following D.C. area sports and appreciating the sights and sounds of the City of Richmond.

Select Publications

McGann, Anthony J., Charles Anthony Smith, Michael Latner and Alex Keena. 2016. Gerrymandering in America: The House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Future of Popular Sovereignty. Cambridge University Press.

Keena, Alex and Misty Knight-Finley. 2018. “Governed by Experience: Political Careers and Party Loyalty in the Senate.” Congress and the Presidency 45(1): 20-40.

McGann, Anthony J., Charles Anthony Smith, Michael Latner and J. Alex Keena. 2015. “A Discernable and Manageable Standard for Partisan Gerrymandering.” Election Law Journal 14(4): 295-311.

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