Jeanette Mendez

Professor,  Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

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Contact Information

 101 Whitehurst (Division of Academic Affairs)

PhD, Indiana University, 2003

JEANETTE MOREHOUSE MENDEZ joined the OSU faculty in 2005 and is currently a Professor of Political Science and the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs.  She previously served as Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (2018-2019),  Associate Dean for Research and Facilities (2017-2018), Interim Associate Dean of Research (2014-2015) and Department Head (2011-2014; 2015-2017).. Mendez graduated from Santa Clara University in 1998, receiving a B.S. in Combined Sciences. From there, she went to Indiana University, earning a M. A. in Political Science in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Political Science in 2003. Mendez then became an assistant professor of Political Science at University of Houston (2003-2005).

Mendez’s research focuses primarily on political information processing, political behavior and political communication.  Her recent work includes studying gendered patterns in elections, gender in discussion networks, the effects of facial appearance on perceptions of maturity, competence and vote choice, and the effects of gender on representation when legislative seats change hands.  Her new book (co-authored with Rebekah Herrick), Descriptive Elections, explores campaign dynamics and outcomes when women are candidates.

Her work has been published in journals including Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly,Social Science Quarterly, Political Psychology, Politics and Gender, Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, PS: Political Science and Politics, Journal of Media Psychology, and the Journal of Political Science.  Mendez is currently the co-editor of Political Research Quarterly.  Mendez continues to teach courses in Public Opinion, Voting and Elections, and Survey Research.

Research Interests

American Politics, Political Communication, Political Psychology, Social Networks, Identity Politics, Women and Politics

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Recent Publications

    • Mendez, Jeanette Morehouse and Rebekah Herrick. 2016.  Descriptive Elections: Empowering the American Electorate.  Lexington Press.
    • Mendez, Jeanette Morehouse and Jesse Perez Mendez. Forthcoming. “The Interaction of Faculty Gender and Student Preference of Professor Selection.” NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education.
    • Mendez, Jeanette Morehouse and Jesse Perez Mendez. Forthcoming. "Student Inferences based on Facial Appearance." Higher Education.
    • Herrick, Rebekah, Jeanette Morehouse Mendez, and Ben Pryor. 2015. "Razor's Edge: The Politics of Facial Hair." Social Science Quarterly, 96, 5, 1301-1313.