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Jan Leighley

Department of Government

  • Jan E. Leighley's research and teaching interests focus on American political behavior, voter turnout, media and politics, and racial/ethnic political behavior. She has published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and American Politics Quarterly, among others. She is a co-author with Jonathan Nagler, NYU, of Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality and Turnout in the United States (Princeton: 2013). Previous books include Strength in Numbers? The Political Mobilization of Racial and Ethnic Minorities, published by Princeton University Press, and Mass Media and Politics: A Social Science Perspective. She served as editor (with Kim Quaile Hill) of the American Journal of Political Science from 2000-2004 and currently serves with Bill Mishler (University of Arizona) as editor of The Journal of Politics. Formerly in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University and the University of Arizona, she moved to the American University in September 2010. She is currently serving as Interim Senior Associate Dean in the School of Public Affairs.

  • Degrees

    PhD, Washington University in St. Louis

  • SPA - Government
  • Ward - 218

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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

American political behavior

Voter turnout

Registration laws

Election administration


Selected Publications

Congressional Testimony

Dr. Leighley testified in Congress several years ago on the consequences of election day registration.  Additional details on that testimonry will be uploaded soon.

AU Expert

Area of Expertise: Voter turnout, voter registration, voter mobilization, media/campaign effects, minority group politics/mobilization, political participation

Additional Information: Jan Leighley is the editor of the Journal of Politics, a leading general journal of political science research.

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