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Fitzgerald, Jennifer L Associate Professor

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  • Fitzgerald's research focuses on comparative political behavior, with a specialization in advanced industrial democracies. She studies the factors that shape vote choices, partisan orientations and various political attitudes. Specific projects investigate support for radical right and green parties in Western Europe, attitudes toward immigrants in Europe, and political interest and party support among young people in Europe. More thematically, a shared feature of her various works is an emphasis on the impact of context. Specific contexts of interest include the household, local communities and broader political administrative units.

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  • comparative political behavior, party support, european politics, household influence, political persuasion, race and ethnicity, foreign aid, immigration attitudes

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Teaching

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  • PSCI 4715 - Honors Political Science Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Involves writing and discussion of selected topics in political science. Critically reviews the major methodological and conceptual features of the discipline. Students begin their honors papers in the seminar. Department enforced prerequisite: minimum 3.3 GPA. Generally offered in fall term only.
  • PSCI 4725 - Political Science Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Involves writing an honors thesis. Formerly PSCI 4008.
  • PSCI 7012 - Seminar: Comparative Political Systems
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Discusses current literature on comparative politics including theoretical and methodological issues. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours for different topics.

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