Associate Professor of Politics


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Field of Specialty

American Politics, Political Behavior, Political Socialization, Public Opinion, Women and Politics, Racial Attitudes, and Research Methods

Contact Information

Olin-Sang American Civilization Center 205

Jill S Greenlee

Jill Greenlee is an associate professor in Politics and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University. She received her B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her current scholarship investigates how life cycle events and life stages shape the political attitudes and behaviors of individuals. In her first book, The Political Consequences of Motherhood (2014, University of Michigan Press), Greenlee investigates the complex relationship between motherhood and women’s political attitudes. She has continued to investigate the ways in which motherhood shapes women’s political engagement in a series of co-authored articles and book chapters.

Currently, Professor Greenlee is working with colleagues to understand the impact of being the father of a daughter on men’s gender-linked political attitudes and behaviors. Greenlee is also working on a project with several collaborators that investigates the political socialization of children; this work seeks to uncover whether the roots of gender gaps in political ambition, interest, and knowledge can be found in childhood. Finally, in addition to research on gender, Professor Greenlee also investigates political socialization questions related to racial attitudes and generational change. She is currently working on a co-authored book manuscript investigating the nature of racial attitudes among white Americans who came of age during the Obama presidency.

Professor Greenlee has published work in journals such as Political Psychology, Politics and Gender, P.S. Political Science and Politics, Politics, Groups and Identities, and Public Opinion Quarterly. She teaches courses in American Politics, Women and Politics, Political Behavior, and Research Methods.


Sharrow, Elizabeth, Jesse Rhodes, Tatishe Nteta and Jill Greenlee. "The First Daughter Effect: The Impact of Fathering Daughters on Men’s Preferences for Gender Equality Policies." Public Opinion Quarterly (2018). (forthcoming)

Langner, Carrie, Jill S. Greenlee and Grace Deason. "Identity and Activism in the Era of Politicized Motherhood." In Mothers and Others: The Impact of Family Life on Politics. Ed. Melanee Thomas and Amanda Bittner. University of British Columbia Press, 2017

Greenlee, Jill S, Grace Deason, and Carrie Langner. "The Impact of Motherhood and Maternal Messages on Political Candidacies." New Directions in Gender and Political Psychology. Ed. Angela L. Bos and Monica C. Schneider. Routledge, 2016

Deason, Grace, Jill S. Greenlee and Carrie Langner. "Mothers on the campaign trail: implications of Politicized Motherhood for women in politics." Gender and Political Psychology. Ed. Zoe Oxley. Routledge, 2015

Deason, Grace, Jill S. Greenlee, and Carrie Langner. "Mothers on the Campaign Trail: Implications of Politicized Motherhood for Women in Politics." Politics, Groups, and Identities 3. 1 (2015).

Greenlee, Jill S, Mirya Holman & Rachel VanSickle-Ward. "Making it Personal: Assessing the Impact of In-Class Exercises on Closing the Gender Gap in Political Ambition." Journal of Political Science Education 10. (2014): 48-61.

Greenlee, Jill S. The Political Consequences of Motherhood. University of Michigan Press: 2014.

Nteta, Tatishe & Jill S. Greenlee. "A Change Is Gonna Come: Generational Membership and White Racial Attitudes in the 21st Century." Political Psychology Volume 34. Issue 6 (2013): 877–897.

Hannagan, Rebecca J., Monica Schneider, & Jill S. Greenlee. "New Research on Gender and Political Psychology: Data, Methods, and Theoretical Implications." PS: Political Science and Politics 45. 2 (2012): 232-237.

Greenlee, Jill S. "Soccer Moms, Hockey Moms and the Question of "Transformative" Motherhood." Politics & Gender 6. 3 (2010): 405-431.

Courses Taught

POL 50b Political Science Methods: Research, Design, and Modes of Analysis
POL 111a The American Congress
POL 123a Seminar: Political Psychology
POL 125a Seminar: Women in American Politics
POL 193a Special Topics in American Politics
POL 215a Graduate Seminar: American Political Behavior
WMGS 213b Gender in American Politics