PSA Faculty Spotlight

Our chosen candidate for the Faculty Spotlight for the Fall 2014 PSA newsletter is Paulina S. Rippere from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida.

Paulina serves as Assistant Professor of Political Science at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL. During the 2014-2015 academic year, she will serve as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in Washington, D.C. In 2013, she graduated from the Ph.D. program in political science at the University of Florida. From 2012 to 2013, she served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, FL.

Her areas of specialization are American institutions, political behavior, and research methods, with an emphasis on the U.S. Congress, political parties, and party polarization. In 2011, she served as co-chair (with Joshua Huder) of the Graduate Student Research and Career Development section of the 2011 Southern Political Science Association. She was recently appointed as a member of the Membership Development Committee of the SPSA (2014).

Scholarly Interests

The primary focus of her research is the U.S. Congress. Her dissertation, Polarization Reconsidered: The Influence of Institutional Structure on Legislative Networks, explores how the institutional structure and rules of the U.S. House and Senate influence the behavior of their members across time. In addition, she is involved in an on-going project with Professor Stephen Craig on the ways political candidates respond when they are attacked during a campaign.

More information on her research activities is available here.