Experts

Jennifer Lawless

Fast Facts

  • Chair, UVA Department of Politics
  • Author or co-author of six books
  • Editor of the American Journal of Political Science
  • Expertise on women and politics, campaigns and elections, political media

Areas Of Expertise

  • Domestic Affairs
  • Media and the Press
  • Governance
  • Elections
  • Politics

Jennifer L. Lawless is the Leone Reaves and George W. Spicer Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia and chair of the UVA Department of Politics. She is also has affiliations with UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the Miller Center.

Her research focuses on political ambition, campaigns and elections, and media and politics. She is the author or co-author of seven books, including Women on the Run: Gender, Media, and Political Campaigns in a Polarized Era (with Danny Hayes) and It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office (with Richard L. Fox). Her research, which has been supported by the National Science Foundation, has appeared in numerous academic journals and is regularly cited in the popular press.

Lawless is the co-editor in chief of the American Journal of Political Science. She graduated from Union College with a BA in political science and Stanford University with an MA and PhD in political science. In 2006, she sought the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in Rhode Island’s second congressional district. Although she lost the race, she remains an obsessive political junkie.

Jennifer Lawless News Feed

Mothers in Congress have historically taken the lead on these sorts of issues. When the Moms in the House caucus formed four years ago, Jennifer Lawless, a professor of politics at the University of Virginia, told The Post that she appreciated the group’s intent to advance family-focused policies and support working moms in Congress, but she also felt the existence of a mothers-only group reinforced the idea that these issues and challenges belong to mothers alone.
Jennifer Lawless The Washington Post
Jennifer Lawless, a faculty senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, said that the diversity of the new leaders in the House Democratic caucus reflects the diversity of the party’s base and the candidates it fields.
Jennifer Lawless PBS NewsHour
Uncompetitive elections often compound the issue of scarce information access, said Jennifer Lawless, a faculty senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center.
Jennifer Lawless The Oklahoman
Jennifer Lawless, faculty senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, says that the contrast between the two leadership teams highlights a difference between the two parties’ priorities.
Jennifer Lawless Time
"In order to get any kind of bill passed, the incumbents, who are the ones already in Congress, would have to be the ones to pass it, and they're not going to be likely to want to limit their own power," commented Jennifer Lawless, faculty senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center.
Jennifer Lawless NBC Stay Tuned
“Two conservative candidates fighting over their airwaves is good for viewership, we know that conflict is popular,” said Jennifer Lawless, a professor of politics and faculty senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center.
Jennifer Lawless The Hill