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Academic Positions

2020 to present

          Professor of Political Science, University of Colorado at Boulder

2012 to 2020

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Colorado at Boulder

2005 to 2012

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Colorado at Boulder

Temporary Positions


          Faculty Director, Arts & Sciences Honors Program, University of Colorado at Boulder

2016-2019, 2020 to present

Associate Chair of Political Science, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder


         Visiting Professor, Örebro University,Örebro, Sweden 


Fulbright Research Fellow, Sciences Politiques Bordeaux, France


Visiting Researcher, Sciences Politiques Bordeaux, France


Ph.D. in Political Science | Brown University, Providence, RI | 2005
M.A. with Honors in International Relations | University of Chicago, Chicago, IL | 1997
B.A. in Political Science and French | Indiana University, Bloomington, IN | 1994
Training in French and Economics | Institute for American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France | 1992

Publications, Peer-Reviewed


Fitzgerald, Jennifer. 2018. Close to Home: Local ties and voting radical right in Europe. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge Series in Public Opinion and Political Psychology. (Named best book of 2018 by the European Politics and Societies section of the American Political Science Association.)

Zuckerman, Alan S, Josip Dasović and Jennifer Fitzgerald. 2007. Partisan Families: The Social Logic of Partisanship in Germany and Britain. Cambridge University Press. (Named best book of 2008 by the International Society of Political Psychology.)


Fitzgerald, Jennifer, and Pavel Bacovsky. Forthcoming.Young Citizens’ Party Support: The ‘When’ and ‘Who’ of Political Influence within Families” Political Studies.

         Görtz, Carl, Carolin Zorell, and Jennifer Fitzgerald. 2022. "Casting light on citizen's conceptions of what is 'political'." Acta Politica. February.

Bacovsky, Pavel, and Jennifer Fitzgerald. 2021. "Raising a politically engaged generation: When parental linfluence matters most." Youth & Society. August.

Fitzgerald, Jennifer, and Hannah Paul. 2021. “The dynamics of issue salience: Immigration and political behavior.” Polity 53(3): 370-393.

Fitzgerald, Jennifer, and Ronald Inglehart. 2020. “Beneath the Surface: Two Accounts of Status Threats and Electoral Change in Democratic Systems.” Political Psychology: Debate or Dialogue Series (Review essay).

Fitzgerald, Jennifer, and Jennifer Wolak. 2016. "The roots of trust in local government in western Europe." International Political Science Review 37(1): 130-146.                                  

Fitzgerald, Jennifer, David Leblang and Jessica Teets. 2014. “Defying the Law of Gravity: The Political Economy of International Migration.” World Politics 66(3): 406-445.

Fitzgerald, Jennifer. 2013. “What Does ‘Political’ Mean to You?” Political Behavior 35(3): 453-479.

Fitzgerald, Jennifer. 2012. “Social Engagement and Immigration Attitudes: Panel Survey Evidence from Germany.” International Migration Review 46(4): 941-970.

Fitzgerald, Jennifer, and K. Amber Curtis.* 2012. “Partisan discord in the family and political engagement: A comparative behavioral analysis.” The Journal of Politics 74(1): 129-141.

Fitzgerald, Jennifer, K. Amber Curtis* and Catherine L. Corliss.* 2012. “Anxious Publics: Worries about Crime and Immigration.” Comparative Political Studies 45(4): 477-506.

Fitzgerald, Jennifer. 2011. “Family Dynamics and Swiss Parties on the Rise: Exploring Party Support in a Changing Electoral Context.” The Journal of Politics 73(3): 783-796.

Fitzgerald, Jennifer, and Duncan Lawrence.* 2011. “Local Cohesion and Radical Right Support: The Case of the Swiss People’s Party.” Electoral Studies 30(4): 834-847.

Fitzgerald, Jennifer, and Vanessa Baird. 2011. “Taking a Step Back: Teaching Critical Thinking by Distinguishing Appropriate Types of Evidence.” PS: Political Science & Politics 44(3): 619-624.

Fitzgerald, Jennifer. 2011. “Public opinion on bilingual education in Colorado and Massachusetts.” The Social Science Journal 48(2): 371-396.

Book chapters

Fitzgerald, Jennifer, and Christopher Jorde. 2018. “Political attitudes in partisan context.”  In Robin Tillmann, Marieke Voorpostel, Peter Farago (Eds), Social Dynamics in Swiss Society: Empirical Studies Based on the Swiss Household Panel.  Springer Publishing.

Zuckerman, Alan S., Jennifer Fitzgerald and Josip Dasović. 2005. “Do Couples Support the Same Political Parties? ‘Sometimes.’ Evidence from British and German Household Panel Surveys.” In The Social Logic of Politics: Family, Friends, Neighbors, and Workmates as Contexts for Political Behavior, Alan S. Zuckerman, ed. Temple University Press.

Other publications

Fitzgerald, Jennifer. 2020. "Locally embedded political behavior: My town is my steeple." American Political Science Association, Comparative Politics Organized Section Newsletter. Issue 1, Spring 2020.

Fitzgerald, Jennifer. 2015. "Dynamic public attitudes and electoral behavior." American Political Science Association, European Politics and Society Organized Section Newsletter. Summer 2015.

Zuckerman, Alan, Malcolm Brynin, Josip Dasović, and Jennifer Fitzgerald. 2003. “The Dynamics of Partisanship in Established Democracies: The Implications of Evidence from British and German Panel Surveys,” Working Paper No. 2-03. The BMW Center for German and European Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Fitzgerald, Jennifer. 2006 "Reforming European Welfare States: Germany and the United Kingdom Compared by Jochen Clasen." Perspectives on Politics 4(3): 610-611.

Work in Progress

Working papers

          "Undercutting the radical right by drawing attention to local inequality" with Jeffrey Nonnemacher

"Politicized Policing and Public Opinion: UK Police and Crime Commissioner Elections and Dynamic Perceptions of Crime and Immigration" With Brett Bessen

          "Does it matter whether global warming is ‘political’? Exploring the relationship between citizens’ conceptions of the ‘political’ and their patterns of political participation" With Carl                     Görtz and Viktor Dahl 

“Breaking Alienation: The role of radical right parties in boosting political engagement” With Erik Amnå

“The Popularization of Unpopular Ideas: Discord Among Friends and Intolerance Toward Immigrants” With Erik Amnå

“Rebel at home, chicken at school: Effects of partisan discord in different relationships on political engagement” With Erik Amnå

“Concentric Contexts: The Effects of Political Disagreement on Turnout.” With K. Amber Curtis

“Why young people avoid parties: The effects of parental discord.”

Courses Developed and Taught


PSCI 7108: Comparative Political Behavior

PSCI 7012: Seminar in Comparative Political Systems

PSCI 7902: The Comparative Politics of Diversity

PSCI 7092: West European Politics

PSCI 7108: American and Comparative Political Behavior (with Jennifer Wolak)

PSCI 7008/7018: Teaching Political Science I & II


PSCI 4002: West European Politics

PSCI 4028: Order and Disorder in Europe

PSCI 4213: Europe in the International System

PSCI 2012: Introduction to Comparative Politics

PSCI 4715/4725: Honors Thesis in Political Science

Fellowships and Awards

Research Awards


                    Institute for Behavioral Studies, University of Colorado: “Understanding Public Opinion about Native Americans” With Carew Boulding, Jennifer Wolak and Raymond Foxworth


         Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences, University of Colorado, for "Politicized Policing" project


Vice Chancellor’s Visiting Professorship, Örebro University, Örebro Sweden


Time-sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS) Grant
Funded by the National Science Foundation
“Racial Prejudice and Paternalism in Mass Support for Foreign Aid”
With Andy Baker


Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE) Gran
“The Puzzle of Foreign Aid: Why is Development Assistance so Popular in Europe?”
With Andy Baker


Innovative Seed Grant, University of Colorado Vice Chancellor for Research
“Regular people and politics: Perceptions of the term ‘political’”

Dutch Fulbright Commission, Travel Award to Utrecht, Netherlands
“Radical Right Support in Western Europe”

French Fulbright Commission, Research Fellowship to Bordeaux, France
“Local Context and the Politics of Immigration in France”


CARTSS Scholars Program, University of Colorado
Research grant for public opinion research on France


CARTSS Scholars Program, University of Colorado
Research grant for Immigration Initiative (Co-P.I. with David Leblang)


DIW, Berlin, Germany
Travel and research grant for work in Berlin


The Graduate School, Brown University, Providence, RI
Stanley J. Bernstein Graduate Fellowship for the academic year 2003-2004

Consortium for Qualitative Research Methods, Tempe, AZ
Institute attendance and travel award


The Graduate School, Brown University, Providence, RI
Summer Research Grants



          University of Colorado at Boulder, Graduate Mentor of the Year Award


         American Political Science Association, European Politics and Societies Organized Section         

         Best Book of the Year Award for Close to Home


         Parents Association, University of Colorado, Marinus Smith Faculty Recognition Award 

         Department of Poltical Science, University of Colorado, Graduate Student Special Mentor Award


Parents Association, University of Colorado, Marinus Smith Faculty Recognition Award                                                                                                                                                                                                               


Department of Political Science, University of Colorado
Departmental Teacher of the Year Award


Department of Political Science, University of Colorado
Departmental Teacher of the Year Award


Department of Political Science, University of Colorado
Departmental Teacher of the Year Award


International Society of Political Psychology
Alexander George Best Book of the Year Award for Partisan Families

Department of Political Science, University of Colorado
Departmental Teacher of the Year Award


New England Political Science Association
Robert Wood prize for best paper by a graduate student presented at the 2003 New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting


Committee on International Relations, University of Chicago
Morton Kaplan Prize for best MA paper by a recently graduated honors student