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About Jesse H Rhodes

My major areas of scholarly interest are social policy (especially education policy), political parties, and the American presidency. My book, An Education in Politics: The Origins and Evolution of No Child Left Behind, has been published by Cornell University Press. With support from the Spencer Foundation, I am also analyzing the effects of education standards, testing, and accountability policies on citizenship; and with a Faculty Research Grant, I am investigating patterns of presidential partisan rhetoric. My research on political parties includes a longterm project, with Sidney Milkis, on the developing relationship between the presidency and the political parties during the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama; and a multi-article study, with Shamira Gelbman, of the factors that inhibit or permit parties to embrace new positions on racial issues. I have published articles in Perspectives on Politics, Publius, Polity, and The Forum.


Present Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Present Political Science Undergraduate Program Director, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Thompson 310
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003