2019 Award Recipient
Jan E. Leighley
is Professor of Government at American University. With research interests in political representation and inequality, she has published papers on voter turnout, political participation and the political behavior of African-Americans and Latinos in the U.S. in a variety of journals, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science
, and the Journal of Politics
. Her most recent book, Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality, and Turnout in the United States
(with Jonathan Nagler), examines voter turnout in presidential elections from 1972 to 2008, highlighting the continuing class bias of the voting population relative to the citizen population; the importance of election laws to voter turnout; and the consistent bias of voters having more conservative policy preferences than non-voters. She previously served as editor of American Journal of Political Science
(with Kim Quaile Hill, 2001-2004); and 2018-2019), and the Journal of Politics
(with Bill Mishler, 2009-2014) and also served as Senior Associate Dean in the School of Public Affairs at American University.