Jennie Sweet-Cushman, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Political Science

Hometown: Plymouth, MI
Joined Chatham: August 2013


Political psychology, women in politics, candidate emergence, democratic pedagogy, equity in higher education


Yoga, travel, cooking, gardening

  • Ph.D., Wayne State University (Detroit, MI), 2014
  • B.S., Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste. Marie, MI), 1998
  • MAOM, Spring Arbor University, 2002
  • “Is Participation Decline Inevitable as Generations Age? Insights from African-American Elders” with Mary Herring, Lisa J. Ficker, Cathy Lysack, Marc W. Kruman, and Peter A. Lichtenberg. In Richard Marback (Ed): Generations: Rethinking Age and Citizenship. Wayne State University Press. 2013.
  • Women's Rights in the United States: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Issues, Events, and People. Tiffany Wayne, Ed. ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA. Contributing Author.
  • “The Road to Good Governance: Via the Path Less Accountable?The Effectiveness of Fiscal Accountability in Liberia” with Kelly Krawczyk. International Journal of Public Administration
  • “The Effectiveness of Voice and Accountability Mechanisms as Strategies for Good Governance: A New Institutionalism Approach to Explaining Local Political Participation in West Africa” co-authored with Kelly Krawczyk. International Review of Administrative Sciences. Forthcoming.
  • “FMLA in PA: Analysis of Family and Medical Leave Policy in The State” Commonwealth. November 2015.
  • Sweet-Cushman, Jennie. "Gender, risk assessment, and political ambition." Politics and the Life Sciences 35, no. 2 (2016): 1-17.
  • Bos, Angela L., Jennie Sweet-Cushman, and Monica C. Schneider. "Family-friendly academic conferences: A missing link to fix the “leaky pipeline”?." Politics, Groups, and Identities (2017): 1-11.
  • Sweet-Cushman, Jennie. "Where does the pipeline get leaky? The progressive ambition of school board members and personal and political network recruitment." Politics, Groups, and Identities (2018): 1-24.
  • Sweet-Cushman, Jennie. "See it; be it? The use of role models in campaign trainings for women." Politics, Groups, and Identities (2018): 1-11.
  • Sweet-Cushman, Jennie, and Ashley Harden. "Is This the Care We Need?: An Examination of Childcare Policy in Pennsylvania." Commonwealth 19, no. 2 (2017).
  • Sweet-Cushman, Jennie. Social Policy, FMLA in Pennsylvania: Analysis of Family and Medical Leave Policy in the State. Leckrone, J. Wesley, and Michelle J. Atherton, eds. Pennsylvania Politics and Policy: A Commonwealth Reader. Temple University Press, 2018.