Justin Kirkland is an associate professor of politics and policy at the University of Virginia where he specializes in American Politics. His research interests center on representation, legislative politics, state politics, and public opinion. He has published more than 30 peer reviewed articles in journals like American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and The Journal of Politics. He has also a coauthor of two books, Indecision in American Legislatures (coauthored with Jeffrey Harden) published by the University of Michigan Press and Roll Call Rebels (coauthored with Jonathan Slapin) published by Cambridge University Press. His research has won several disciplinary awards and been funded by the National Science Foundation. His current research focuses on the role of transparent governing institutions in representation, the origins of policy interest in Congress, and the psychological underpinnings of political ambition. Justin is also the Co-Editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012.

Forthcoming Publications

Harden, Jeffrey J. and Justin H. Kirkland. Forthcoming. “Does Transparency Inhibit Political Compromise.” American Journal of Political Science.

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Associate Professor

PhD, Department of Political Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
May 2012.

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Tuesdays and Fridays from 12:30-2pm