Jared McDonald

Assistant ProfessorPhoto of Professor Jared McDonald.

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

Areas of Specialization:

  • American Government
  • Public Opinion
  • Political Psychology
  • Voting and Elections
  • Research Methodology

Scholarly Achievements:

Jared McDonald is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Mary Washington. He teaches courses related to American government, political behavior, public policy, and research methodology. He earned his Ph.D. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. Professor McDonald’s research asks how American voters evaluate politicians and hold them accountable in an environment increasingly characterized by high levels of polarization and strong partisan identities. His most recent book, Feeling their Pain: Why Voters Want Leaders Who Care (Oxford University Press, 2024), examines the factors that lead American voters to view political leaders as compassionate. He also co-authored Citizens of the World: Political Engagement and Policy Attitudes of Millennials across the Globe (Oxford University Press, 2022) which explores the generational divide in public opinion from a comparative perspective. His work has appeared in The Journal of Politics, Public Administration Review, Political Behavior, American Politics Research, Electoral Studies, The International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Gender & Politics, Politics, Groups, & Identities, and The Journal of Experimental Political Science. Excerpts from this work were also featured in The Washington Post, Politico, Vox, and The Hill.

Contact Information:

To contact Professor McDonald, send an e-mail at: jmcdona8@umw.edu
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