Jeanette Mendez joined the OSU faculty in 2005 and is currently a Professor of Political Science and Interim Associate Dean for Research. Prior to becoming Interim Associate Dean, she served as Department of Head of Political Science (2011-2014). 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 was on faculty as 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 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 project 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.