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Jan Leighley, PhD

Professor, American University

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. During 2020-2021, she is on leave at the National Science Foundation as program director (Accountable Institutions and Behavior).

State Expertise: National
Speaks: English

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