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Jeffery Jenkins

Portrait of Jeffery Jenkins

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Jeffery A. Jenkins is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia and Faculty Associate at the Miller Center.  Jenkins works at the intersection of mainstream American Politics and American political history, with research focusing on the origins and development of American political institutions, notably congressional and partisan institutions, as well as the use of historical data to test contemporary theories of legislative organization and behavior. He has published in an assortment of journals, including American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and Studies in American Political Development, and has two forthcoming books in 2012:  Living Legislation: Durability, Change, and the Politics of American Lawmaking (University of Chicago Press, co-edited with Eric Patashnik) and Fighting for the Speakership: The House and the Rise of Party Government (Princeton University Press, co-authored with Charles Stewart III).

Selected Publications

For a complete list of Jenkins’s articles and books, please see his curriculum vitae.

Book Projects

Fighting for the Speakership: The House and the Rise of Party Government. With Charles Stewart III. Under contract, Princeton University Press.
Analyzing Parties. Under contract, W.W.  Norton. Series: The New Institutionalism in American Politics. Series Editor,  Kenneth A. Shepsle.
Living Legislation: Durability, Change, and the Politics of American Lawmaking (edited volume). Forthcoming, University of Chicago Press. With Eric M. Patashnik.


“Building toward Major Policy Change: Congressional Action on Civil Rights, 1941-1950.” Forthcoming.  Law and History Review. With Justin Peck.
“Institutional Context and Party Power: Member Participation and Leadership Strategy in the Lame-Duck Congressional Era.” Forthcoming. American Politics Research.  With Timothy P. Nokken.
“Examining the Electoral Connection across Time.” 2011. Annual Review of Political Science 14: 25-46. With Jamie L. Carson.
“Between Reconstructions: Congressional Action on Civil Rights,  1891-1940.” 2010.  Studies in American Political Development 24: 57-89. With Justin Peck and Vesla M. Weaver.
“Apportionment Matters: Fair Representation in the U.S. House and Electoral College.” 2009. Perspectives on Politics. 7: 849-57. With Brian J. Gaines.
“Agency Problems and Electoral Institutions: The 17th Amendment and Representation in the Senate.” 2009. American Journal of Political Science 53: 324-42. Forthcoming. With Sean Gailmard.
“In Search of Killer Amendments in the Modern U.S. House.” 2008. Legislative Studies Quarterly 33:263-94.  With Charles J. Finocchiaro.
“Partisanship, the Electoral Connection, and Lame-Duck Sessions of Congress, 1877–2006.” 2008. Journal of Politics. 70:450-65.  With Timothy P. Nokken.
“Legislative Shirking in the Pre-Twentieth Amendment Era:  Presidential Influence, Party Power, and Lame-Duck Sessions of Congress,  1877-1933.” 2008. Studies in American Political Development 22:  111-40. With Timothy P. Nokken.
“Negative Agenda Control in the Senate and House: Fingerprints of Majority Party Power.” 2007. Journal of Politics 69: 689–700. With Sean Gailmard.
“Who Should Govern Congress? Access to Power and The Salary Grab of 1873.” 2006. Journal of Economic History 66: 674–706. With Lee J. Alston and Tomas Nonnenmacher.
“Running to Lose?: John C. Breckinridge and the Presidential Election of 1860.” 2006. Electoral Studies 25: 306–28. With Irwin L. Morris.
“Partisanship and Contested Election Cases in the Senate,  1789-2002.” 2005. Studies in American Political Development 19: 53–74.
“Parties as Procedural Coalitions in Congress: An Examination of Differing Career Tracks.” 2005. Legislative Studies Quarterly 30: 365–89. With Michael H. Crespin and Jamie L. Carson.
“Constituency Cleavages and Congressional Parties: Measuring Homogeneity and Polarization, 1857–1913.” 2004. Social Science History 28:  537–73. With Eric Schickler and Jamie L. Carson.
“Partisanship and Contested Election Cases in the House of Representatives, 1789–2002.” 2004. Studies in American Political Development 18: 113–35.
“Shirking in the Contemporary Congress: A Reappraisal.” 2004. Political Analysis 12: 176–79.  With Jamie L. Carson, Michael H. Crespin, and Ryan Vander Wielen.
“Out in the Open: The Emergence of Viva Voce Voting in House Speakership Elections.“2003. Legislative Studies Quarterly 28: 481–508. With Charles Stewart III.
“Investigating the Incidence of Killer Amendments in Congress.”  2003. Journal of Politics 65:  498–517. With Michael C. Munger.
“The Impact of National Tides and District-Level Effects on Electoral Outcomes: The U.S. Congressional Elections of 1862–63.” 2001. American Journal of Political Science 45:  887–98. With Jamie L. Carson, David W. Rohde, and Mark Souva.
“Race and the Representation of Blacks’ Interests During Reconstruction.” 2001. Political Research Quarterly 54: 181–204. With Michael D. Cobb.
“Examining the Robustness of Ideological Voting: Evidence from the Confederate House of Representatives.” 2000. American Journal of Political Science 44:  811–22.
“The Institutional Origins of the Republican Party: Spatial Voting and the House Speakership Election of 1855–56.” 2000. Legislative Studies Quarterly 25:  101–30. With Timothy P. Nokken.
“Partisanship and Confederate Constitution-Making Reconsidered:  A Response to Bensel.” 1999. Studies in American Political Development 13: 245–62.
“Why No Parties?: Investigating the Disappearance of Democrat-Whig Divisions in the Confederacy.” 1999. Studies in American Political Development13: 279–87.
“Examining the Bonding Effects of Party: A Comparative Analysis of Roll-Call Voting in the U.S. and Confederate Houses.” 1999. American Journal of Political Science 43:  1144–65.
“Ideology, Economic Interests, and Congressional Roll-Call Voting: Partisan Instability and Bank of the United States Legislation,  1811–1816.” 1999.Public Choice 100: 225–43. With Marc Weidenmier.
“The Spatial Theory of Voting and the Presidential Election of 1824.” 1998. American Journal of Political Science 42: 1157–79. With Brian R. Sala.
“Property Rights and the Emergence of Standing Committee Dominance in the Nineteenth-Century House.” 1998. Legislative Studies Quarterly 23:  493–519.
“A Reexamination of Salary Discrimination in Professional Basketball.” 1996. Social Science Quarterly 77: 594–608.

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