- PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
- Jan E. Leighley's research and teaching interests focus on American political behavior, voter turnout, election laws, and racial/ethnic political behavior. She has published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, 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: 2014). 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, as editor of The Journal of Politics with Bill Mishler from 2009-2014, and as interim editor of the American Journal of Political Science from 2018-2019. She also served as Interim Senior Associate Dean in the School of Public Affairs from 2012-2014.
American political behavior
Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality and Turnout in the U.S. Princeton University Press, 2014. (with Jonathan Nagler).
“Representation in an Era of Political and Economic Inequality: How and When Citizen Engagement Matters.” 2018. Perspectives on Politics, 16:2 (June 2018): 328-344. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1537592717003073 (with Jennifer Oser)
"Latino Electoral Participation: Variations on Demographics and Ethnicity." 2016. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 2:3 (June 2016): 148-164. (with Jonathan Nagler)
"Participation Online and Otherwise: What's the Difference for Policy Preferences?" Social Science Quarterly 95:5 (December 2014): 1259-77. (with Jennifer Oser and Kenneth M. Winneg)