Alumni (National Fellow)

Jesse Rhodes

National Fellow
B.A. Juniata College (2003)
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2008)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Dream Mentor:
Cathie Martin
Boston University
Fields of Interest:
American Political Development
Political Parties
Political Science
Social Issues
The Presidency


Jesse Rhodes is a professor of political science (fall 2019) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His major areas of scholarly interest are social policy, voting rights policy, economic inequality, and political behavior. His first book on the development of federal education policy - “An Education in Politics: The Origin and Development of No Child Left Behind” - was published with Cornell University Press in 2012. His second book, “Ballot Blocked: The Political Erosion of the Voting Rights Act,” was published by Stanford University Press in 2017. He has also published research in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, Political Behavior, Party Politics, Presidential Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, Polity, and other journals.

Thesis Description:

Making the Educational State: The Transformation of Educational Governance in the U.S. from a Nation at Risk to No Child Left Behind

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