Caitlin Elizabeth Jewitt


Caitlin Elizabeth Jewitt

Assistant Professor


522 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership

Political Science


  • American Politics
  • Research Methods
  • Political Campaigns
  • Presidential Primary Elections

Professional Activities

  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association


  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota
  • M.A. University of Minnesota
  • B.A. Hartwick College

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Travel Grant, Political Psychology Minor, University of Minnesota, April 2012.

    Travel Grant, Organized Section on Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior, American Political Science Association, September 2011.

    Robert T. Holt Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota, August 2010 - May 2011.

    Selected Publications

    Book Chapters

    Jewitt, Caitlin E. 2014. “Republicans and Reform: The 2012 Presidential Nomination Rules.” In The State of the Parties, 7th edition. John Green, Daniel Coffey, and David Cohen, editors. Rowman and Littlefield.

    Jewitt, Caitlin E. and Jason M. Roberts. “Mourdock’s Tea Too Strong for Hoosiers: The Indiana 2012 Senate Race.” In The Tea Party in 2012: The Party Rolls On. William Miller and Jeremy Walling, editors. Lexington Books. Forthcoming.


    Jewitt, Caitlin E. 2014. “Packed Primaries and Empty Caucuses: State and Party Rules and Voter Turnout in Presidential Nomination Contests.” Public Choice, 160(3-4): 295-312.

    Jewitt, Caitlin E. and Sarah A. Treul. 2014. “Competitive Primaries and Party Division in Congressional Elections.” Electoral Studies, 35: 140-149.

    Dwyer, Caitlin E. and Sarah A. Treul. 2012. “Presidential Influence, State-Level Approval, and Voting in the Senate.” American Politics Research, 40 (2): 355-379.

    Dwyer, Caitlin E., Daniel Stevens, John Sullivan, and Barbara Allen. 2009. “Racism, Sexism, and Candidate Evaluations in the 2008 Presidential Election.” Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 9 (1): 223-240.

    Additional Information

    Dr. Jewitt’s research focus includes campaigns and elections, public opinion, political parties, and presidential primaries and caucuses. She is particularly interested in the institutional features of elections and their effects on voters, outcomes, candidates, candidate strategy, and political elites.