Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
American and State politics
Jennifer Hayes Clark is the Pauline Yelderman Endowed Chair and an Associate Professor of Political Science. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science and Statistical Methods from Indiana University and her B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Political Science and Mathematics from the University of Mississippi. Her areas of specialization include American legislative institutions, state politics, and public policy. During 2008-2009, she served as an APSA Congressional Fellow. She received the Ross M. Lence Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Houston in 2014. Her book, Minority Parties in U.S. Legislatures: Conditions of Influence, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2015. Her research has also appeared in such journals as The American Political Science Review, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly.