UMass Amherst Department of Political Science

Jesse Rhodes

Associate Professor of Political Science

Political Science Undergraduate Program Director
Thompson 310
Office Hours: Spring 2015: On leave
Phone: (413) 545-6185

My areas of interest include social policy, voting rights policy, political parties, the presidency, and race and American politics.


My major areas of scholarly interest are social policy, voting rights policy, political parties, and the American presidency. 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, and am currently writing a book on the development of the Voting Rights Act since 1965. 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.   Check out my webpage here:

Ph.D., University of Virginia

Courses Taught:
The American Presidency, Fixing American Domestic Policy, Education Politics and Policy, American Political Development, American Social Policy in Comparative Perspective

Current Projects:
- Still the Most Fundamental Right? The Struggle Over the Voting Rights Act Since 1965. Book manuscript in preparation. - Class Conscious? The Politics of Class Rhetoric in Presidential Campaigns. Article manuscript in preparation. - Presidential Action and the Development of the Presidency. Research in progress.

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