School of Social and Political Science

Dr Jessica C. Smith

Job Title

Lecturer in Politics with Quantitative Methods

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Chrystal MacMillan Building

Research interests

Research interests

Jessica's research centres on the sources and consequences of bias in our political systems, from what voters think to how our institutions operate. Her work encompassing the fields of political psychology, political behaviour, executive politics, and political institutions with a focus on the UK. She has worked and published on the issue of bias and representation in multiple arenas of politics including in the media, in Parliament and at the executive level. Her work utilises diverse methods include experimental designs, large N survey data, content analysis, and elite interviewing.


Staff Hours and Guidance

Feedback and Guidance Hours: Wednesdays 10:30am to 12:30pm (in term time only)

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Boswell J, Smith JC, Devine D, Corbett J. Learning to govern: A typology of ministerial learning styles. Public Administration. 2024;1-16. doi: 10.1111/padm.12994
Worthy B, Smith JC, Richards-Gray L. Remind you of anyone? Comparing the gendered heroic leadership of Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May. British Politics. 2023 Nov 22. Epub 2023 Nov 22. doi: 10.1057/s41293-023-00245-y
Devine D, Valgarðsson V, Smith J, Jennings W, Scotto di Vettimo M, Bunting H et al. Political trust in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic: A meta-analysis of 67 studies. Journal of European Public Policy. 2023 Jan 30. Epub 2023 Jan 30. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2023.2169741
Hargrave L, Smith JC. Working hard or hardly working? Gender and voter evaluations of legislator productivity. Political Behavior. 2023 Jan 16. Epub 2023 Jan 16. doi: 10.1007/s11109-022-09853-8
Smith JC. Masculinity and femininity in media representations of party leadership candidates: Men ‘play the gender card’ too. British Politics. 2022 Dec 1;17(4):408-429. Epub 2021 May 9. doi: 10.1057/s41293-021-00172-w
Smith JC. Representation in times of crisis: Women’s executive presence and gender-sensitive policy responses to crises. Journal of European Public Policy. 2022 Aug 17. Epub 2022 Aug 17. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2022.2110142
Boswell J, Devine D, Smith J. Managing as a minister: How personal style and gender norms affect leadership in government. Institute for Government, 2022. 20 p.
Smith JC. [Review of] Feminist Democratic Representation: By K. Celis and S. Childs, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2020, 256 pp., £47.99 ISBN: 9780190087722 . Representation: Journal of Representative Democracy (JRD). 2022 Mar 28. doi: 10.1080/00344893.2022.2054025
Smith JC. Effective and Inclusive Parliaments. British Islands & Mediterranean Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA BIMR), 2022. 42 p.
Smith JC, Childs S. Remotely Representative Parliament: Lesson Learning from the Hybrid Parliament. Centenary Action Group, 2021. 30 p.
Willis H, Smith JC, Devine D. Care to trust? Gender and trust in leaders during the Coronavirus pandemic. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. 2021;31(1):232-244. Epub 2021 Jun 15. doi: 10.1080/17457289.2021.1924737
Smith JC. Bulldozing Brexit: The role of masculinity in UK party leaders’ campaign imagery in 2019 UK General Election. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. 2021;31(4):450-469. Epub 2021 Aug 19. doi: 10.1080/17457289.2021.1968414
Smith JC. Where are the women? Descriptive representation and COVID-19 in U.K. daily press briefings. Politics & Gender. 2020 Dec;16(4):991-1000. Epub 2020 Jul 30. doi: 10.1017/S1743923X20000513
Smith J. Boris’ missing women. In Jackson D, Thorsen E, Lilleker D, Weidhase N, editors, UK Election Analysis 2019: Media, Voters and the Campaign. The Centre for Comparative Politics and Media Research. 2019. p. 27-27
Smith JC. Politics and parenthood: An examination of UK party leadership elections. Parliamentary Affairs. 2018 Jan 1;71(1):196-217. Epub 2017 Jun 27. doi: 10.1093/pa/gsx016
Smith J, Prosser C, Fieldhouse E, Mellon J. Assessing the Impact of Individual Electoral Registration using the British Election Study. British Election Study, 2018. 36 p.