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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: 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 and as editor of The Journal of Politics with Bill Mishler from 2009-2014. She also served as Interim Senior Associate Dean in the School of Public Affairs from 2012-2014. 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.

  • Degrees

    PhD, Washington University in St. Louis

  • SPA - Government
  • Ward - 218

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  • Fall 2015

  • Spring 2016

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

American political behavior

Voter turnout

Registration laws

Election administration


Selected Publications

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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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