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Jeffery A. Jenkins

Provost Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, & Law
Bedrosian Chair of Governance & the Public Enterprise
Director, Bedrosian Center
Director, PIPE Collaborative

Ph.D. in Political Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall, 201A
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Jeffery A. Jenkins is Provost Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law, Judith & John Bedrosian Chair of Governance and the Public Enterprise, Director of the Bedrosian Center, and Director of the Political Institutions and Political Economy (PIPE) Collaborative. He previously held tenure-stream positions at the University of Virginia, Northwestern University, and Michigan State University.

His research interests include American Political Institutions and Development (with a special emphasis on Congress and political parties), lawmaking, separation-of-powers, and political economy. Much of his work takes a positive political theory (or rational choice) approach, and examines how political actors pursue their interests while being constrained by formal and informal institutional arrangements. His current work involves papers on the ideological content of federal lawmaking in the post-war era and book projects on how civil rights policy has been dealt with in Congress over time and how the Republican Party evolved in the South after the Civil War.

Dr. Jenkins holds a PhD in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in mathematical methods for the social sciences from Northwestern University. He has been a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University and Michigan State University.

Jenkins been Editor in Chief of The Journal of Politics since January 2015.

He is also the founding Editor in Chief of the Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy, which began publishing in 2020, and Historical Political Economy, which begins publishing in 2021.

He is Editor in Chief of Broadstreet, a blog that focuses on historical political economy, and I host a podcast called P.S. You’re Interesting, where I talk to political scientists about their research.


Gailmard, S., & Jenkins, J. (2018). Distributive politics and congressional voting: public lands reform in the Jacksonian era. Public Choice, 175(3), 259–275.

Gray, T., & Jenkins, J. (2019). Pivotal Politics and the ideological content of Landmark Laws. Journal of Public Policy, 39(1), 115–142.

Clarke, A., & Jenkins, J. (2017). Who are President Trump’s Allies in the House of Representatives? The Forum, 15(3), 415–429.

Jenkins, J., & Stewart, C. (2018). The Deinstitutionalization (?) of the House of Representatives: Reflections on Nelson Polsby’s “The Institutionalization of the U.S. House of Representatives” at Fifty, 32(2), 166–187.

Lowande, K. S., Jenkins, J. A., & Clarke, A. J.Presidential Particularism and U.S. Trade PolicyPolitical Science Research and MethodsForthcoming.

Gray, T. R., & Jenkins, J. A.Unpacking Pivotal Politics: Exploring the Differential Effects of the Filibuster and Veto PivotsPublic ChoiceForthcoming.

Clarke, A. J., Jenkins, J. A., & Monroe, N. W.From Rolls to Disappointments: Examining the Other Source of Majority Party Failure in CongressPolitical Research Quarterly, 70: 82-972017.

Heersink, B., Peterson, B. D., & Jenkins, J. A.Disasters and Elections: Estimating the Net Effect of Damage and Relief in Historical PerspectivePolitical Analysis, 25: 260-682017.

Clarke, A. J., Jenkins, J. A., & Lowande, K. S.Tariff Politics and Congressional Elections: Exploring the Cannon ThesisJournal of Theoretical Politics, 29: 382-4142017.

Jenkins, J. A., & Monroe, N. W.On Measuring Legislative Agenda-Setting PowerAmerican Journal of Political Science, 60: 158-74. 2014 Congressional Quarterly Press Award for the best paper on legislative studies presented at the 2013 American Political Science Association meeting2016.

Finocchiaro, C. J., & Jenkins, J. A.Distributive Politics, the Electoral Connection, and the Antebellum US Congress: The Case of Military Service PensionsJournal of Theoretical Politics, 28: 192-2242016.

Heersink, B., & Jenkins, J. A.Southern Delegates and Republican National Convention Politics, 1880-1928Studies in American Political Development, 29: 68-882015.

Jenkins, J. A., & Monroe, N. W.Negative Agenda Control and the Conservative Coalition in the U.S. HouseJournal of Politics, 76: 1116-272014.

Jenkins, J. A., & Stewart, III, C.Fighting for the Speakership: The House and the Rise of Party GovernmentPrinceton University Press. Series: Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, Comparative, and International Perspectives. Series Editors: Ira Katznelson, Martin Shefter, and Theda Skocpol. Named as one of Choice’s Editors’ Picks for 20132013.

Jenkins, J. A., & Peck, J.Building toward Major Policy Change: Congressional Action on Civil Rights, 1941-1950Law and History Review, 31: 139-982013.

Jenkins, J. A., & Monroe, N. W.Buying Negative Agenda Control in the U.S. HouseAmerican Journal of Political Science, 56: 897-9122012.

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