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Jan Leighley Professor Department of Government

Degrees
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis

Bio
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.

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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

American political behavior

Voter turnout

Registration laws

Election administration

 

Selected Publications

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."  Perspectives on Politics, forthcoming 2017. (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)

Selected Publications

AU Experts

Area of Expertise

Voter turnout, voter registration, voter mobilization, media/campaign effects, minority group politics/mobilization, political participation, voter attitudes, racial ethnic political behavior, race and politics

Additional Information

Jan Leighley is the co-editor of the Journal of Politics,a leading general journal of political science research. She is co-author Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality, and Turnout in the United States(2013). Previous books include Strength in Numbers? The Political Mobilization of Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Mass Media and Politics: A Social Science Perspective.

For the Media

To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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