Jennifer Wolak

Jennifer  Wolak
  • Professor



Jennifer Wolak is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University.  Her research focuses on political behavior in the American context, with particular focus on political psychology, public opinion, gender, and state politics.  She is the author of Compromise in an Age of Party Polarization, published by Oxford University Press in 2020.  She has also published in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and the British Journal of Political Science, among others.  She earned her PhD in 2004 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She worked at the University of Colorado at Boulder prior to joining the department in 2021. 


  • Wolak, Jennifer. 2020. Compromise in an Age of Party Polarization. New York: Oxford University Press.
  •  Wolak, Jennifer, and Anand Sokhey. Forthcoming. "Enraged and Engaged? Emotions as Motives for Discussing Politics." American Politics Research.
  • Wolak, Jennifer, and Srinivas Parinandi. Forthcoming. "Does the Public Hold Governors Accountable for Policy Outcomes?" Political Research Quarterly.
  • Wolak, Jennifer. Forthcoming. "Conflict Avoidance and Gender Gaps in Political Engagement." Political Behavior.
  • Baird, Vanessa, and Jennifer Wolak. 2021. "Why Some Blame Politics for Their Personal Problems." American Politics Research 49(5):478-489.
  • Wolak, Jennifer, and Eric Gonzalez Juenke. 2021. "Descriptive Representation and Political Knowledge." Politics, Groups, and Identities 9(1):129-150.
  • Wolak, Jennifer, and David A.M. Peterson. 2020. "The Dynamic American Dream." American Journal of Political Science 64(4):968-981.
  • Wolak, Jennifer. 2020. "Self-Confidence and Gender Gaps in Political Interest, Attention, and Efficacy." Journal of Politics 82(4):1490-1501.
  • Wolak, Jennifer, and Carey E. Stapleton. "2020. Self-Esteem and the Development of Partisan Identity." Political Research Quarterly 73(3):609-622.
  • Wolak, Jennifer. 2020. "Why Do People Trust their State Government?" State Politics and Policy Quarterly 20(3):313-329.
  • Wolak, Jennifer. 2020. "Descriptive Representation and the Political Engagement of Women." Politics and Gender 16(2):339-362.