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

Professor Greenlee's current scholarship investigates the relationships between major life cycle events, such as becoming a parent, and the political attitudes and behaviors of ordinary citizens. More broadly, she is interested in how individuals change politically as they move through the life course. Her book, The Political Consequences of Motherhood (University of Michigan Press) investigates the complex relationship between motherhood and female political attitudes. It combines a historical overview of how motherhood has been used in the American political landscape over time with individual-level analysis exploring how and when motherhood shapes the thoughts and preferences of women.

In addition to research on gender, Professor Greenlee has investigated questions related to racial attitudes and generational change. She is currently working on a co-authored book with Professor Tatishe Nteta of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, that investigates the nature of racial attitudes among white Americans who came of age during the Obama presidency. She is also working on a project that investigates the political socialization of children.

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


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 Political Psychology
POL 125a Women in American Politics
POL 193a Special Topics in American Politics
POL 215a Graduate Seminar: American Political Behavior
WMGS 213b Gender in American Politics