Jason P Kelly

Jason Kelly, Assistant Professor, Political Science, CLAHS.


Jason P. Kelly

Assistant Professor


517 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership

Political Science


  • 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)


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

Research Interests

    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.


    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.