Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Political Science
Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago
Prof. Jenkins' research focuses on American state and local politics, with a specific emphasis upon state legislatures, female politicians, and political parties. She is coauthor of the book Why Don't Women Rule the World?: Understanding Women's Civic and Political Choices (Sage/CQ Press) and has published numerous articles on a variety of topics in American politics in journals such as Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Prof. Jenkins is also the author of the book The Context of Legislating: Constraints on the Legislative Process in the United States (Routledge Press) and co-author of the book Local Party Organizations in the 21st Century (SUNY Press). Prof. Jenkins was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2019 and taught in Japan at Yokohama National University and Tokai University. She also won a Fulbright Award in the 2011-2012 academic year, when she taught courses in American Politics at East China University of Political Science and Law. Prof. Jenkins currently serves as the Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
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