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Jesse Rhodes

Professional Title: 

Associate Professor of Political Science

Service Role: 

  • Undergraduate Program Director (political science)


Thompson 610

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Office Hours: 

For Fall 2017 coming soon


Ph.D., University of Virginia


My major areas of scholarly interest are social policy, voting rights policy, economic inequality, and political behavior. I have published a book on the development of federal education policy - An Education in Politics: The Origin and Development of No Child Left Behind - with Cornell University Press. My new book, Ballot Blocked: The Political Erosion of the Voting Rights Act, is being published by Stanford University Press. I have also published research on the politics of presidential rhetoric, the evolving relationship between the president and the parties, and the effects of state education reforms on parental attitudes and behavior.


Area of Study: 

  • American politics

Curriculum Vitae: 

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  • Political Science