Jason Kelly, Assistant Professor, Political Science, CLAHS.

JASON P KELLY

Jason P. Kelly

Assistant Professor

Office

517 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone

540-231-2839

Email

Department Membership

Political Science

Expertise

  • American Politics 
  • American Government 
  • The U.S. Congress 
  • Judicial Politics 
  • Political Parties
  • Research Methods 

Professional Activities

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University
  • Freedom House (former Assistant Editor)

Education

  • Ph.D., Columbia University
  • M.Phil., Columbia University
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • B.A., University of California - Irvine

Awards and Honors

Phi Beta Kappa, 2002

Phi Sigma Alpha: National Political Science Honor Society, 2001

Selected Publications

Edited Books

Arch Puddington, Jason P. Kelly, and Thomas Melia eds. 2008. Today’s American: How Free? Rowman & Littlefield. (Economist review, 8 May 2008)

Book Chapters

Kelly, Jason P. 2008. “Corruption: Money and Politics” in Arch Puddington, Jason P. Kelly, and Thomas Melia eds., Today’s American: How Free? Rowman & Littlefield.

Kelly, Jason P. and Thomas Melia. 2008. “The American Political Process” in Arch Puddington, Jason P. Kelly, and Thomas Melia eds., Today’s American: How Free? Rowman & Littlefield.

Articles

Canes-Wrone, Brandice, Tom S. Clark, and Jason P. Kelly. 2014. "Judicial Selection and Death Penalty Decisions," American Political Science Review 108(1).

Canes-Wrone, Brandice and Jason P. Kelly. 2013. "The Obama Presidency, Public Position-Taking, and Mass Opinion," Polity 45(1).

Kelly, Jason P. 2012. “The Strategic Use of Prisons in Partisan Gerrymandering,” Legislative Studies Quarterly 37(1): 117-34.

Additional Information

Some of Dr. Kelly’s current research explores how the rules that govern legislative redistricting shape the strategies employed by partisans seeking to create electoral advantages and how the variance in redistricting procedures across states affects the degree to which congressional districts are gerrymandered to benefit one party over the other or incumbents over their would-be challengers. He is also researching how each of the various systems employed by states to select and retain high court judges affects the extent to which the decision-making of such judges will be influenced by public opinion.