Associate Professor Jaclyn Kettler’s research focuses on American politics with an emphasis on state politics, political parties & interest groups, campaign finance, and women in politics. Kettler earned her Ph.D. at Rice University and her BA at Baker University.
Dr. Jaclyn Kettler’s dissertation compares the electoral organization of state political parties using social network analysis and campaign contributions. This approach allows her to examine how the position of candidates within the party impacts their success. In this research, Kettler also studies the role that parties play in linking electoral and legislative politics, which motivates much of her research.
Kettler has published a co-authored article in The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics investigating independent spending in state elections. She is also the co-author of a recently published article in Political Research Quarterly studying the lobbying activities of local governments. In 2012, Kettler won the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics. She has also received research funding from the Rice University Social Sciences Research Institute.