Jamil’s research interests lie in the areas of political behavior, political representation, race and ethnicity politics and gender politics. She seeks to explain individual’s motivations to participate in political activities in conventional ways, particularly as candidates as officeholders, as well as in unconventional ways, like protest and political engagement via social media. Moreover, she examines the behaviors of officeholders within office as a means of understanding political representation and behaviors within institutions, such as legislatures. She is particularly interested in the ways in which women and minorities engage in these activities at the state level. She pays special attention to how the intersections of gender and race can influence the political experiences of women of color.