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Jessica L. Trounstine

Assistant Professor Jessica Troustine

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Rd.
Merced, CA 95343

T: (209) 228-4870
E: jtrounstine [at] ucmerced [dot] edu
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Research Interests

  • American politics
  • Urban politics
  • Political parties
  • Voting and elections

Trounstine studies American politics with a focus on sub-national politics, primarily concentrating on large cities. Her work studies the process and quality of representation. She is particularly interested in how political institutions enhance or limit the ability of residents to achieve responsive government. Trounstine takes a mixed method approach to her scholarship including using historical analysis, qualitative data, and quantitative methods.

Trounstine's publications include Political Monopolies in American Cities: The Rise and Fall of Bosses and Reformers (University of Chicago Press) and articles in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Urban Affairs Review, Perspectives on Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Research.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, 2004, University of California, San Diego
  • B.A., Political Science, 1998, University of California, Berkeley