American political institutions and development, Congress, political parties, lawmaking, separation-of-powers, political economy
Jeffery A. Jenkins is Provost Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law, Maria B. Crutcher Professor of Citizenship and Democratic Values, and Director of the Political Institutions and Political Economy (PIPE) Collaborative.
His research interests include American Political Institutions and Development (with a special emphasis on Congress and political parties). Two of his recent books include: Republican Party Politics and the American South, 1865-1968 (Cambridge University Press, 2020) with Boris Heersink — which won the 2021 V. O. Key Award (from SPSA) and the 2021 J. David Greenstone Prize (from APSA) — and Congress and the First Civil Rights Era, 1861-1918 (University of Chicago Press, 2021) with Justin Peck — which won the 2023 V. O. Key Award (from SPSA).
He is the founding Editor of the Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy, which began publishing in 2020, and the Journal of Historical Political Economy, which began publishing in 2021. He was previously Editor in Chief of The Journal of Politics for six years (2015-2020). He is also Editor in Chief of Broadstreet, a blog that focuses on historical political economy, and hosts a podcast called P.S. You’re Interesting, where he talks to political scientists about their research.
Dr. Jenkins holds a PhD in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in mathematical methods for the social sciences from Northwestern University. He has been a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University and Michigan State University.