Jenna E. L. Wechsler

Assistant Professor of Political Science


Political Science


Political Science


Knapton 205

On leave until Spring 2015

(508) 286-3615


Main Interests

American judicial politics, constitutional law, separation of powers, the American presidency, comparative judicial politics, quantitative methods


Ph.D., Political Science, Vanderbilt University, 2009
B.A., Political Science, Denison University, 2004

Research Interests

Works in Progress

Tort and Courts: The Inter-Branch Struggle over Tort Reform.

Permanent Injunctions? Analyzing Appellate Court Review of Lower Court Injunction Orders.

Does Law Science Matter? The Use of Social Scientific Data before the Supreme Court.

Teaching Interests

POLS 200 Modern Political Inquiry: An Introduction to Research Methods
POLS 231 The American Presidency
POLS 291 Judicial Politics
POLS 341 Constitutional Law I: The Supreme Court and the Constitution
POLS 351 Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties


Lukasik,Jenna. 2009. “The Inter-branch Struggle over Tort Reform: Testing a Separation of Powers Model in the State Context.” Ph.D. diss. Vanderbilt University.