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Jesse Crosson

Jesse Crosson

Assistant Professor // Political Science

Assistant Professor // Cornerstone

Research focus:
Legislatures; Political Economy

Curriculum vitae

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 2216D


Phone: (765) 494-4179

Jesse Crosson is an assistant professor of political science. Previously, he was assistant professor of political science at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and a fellow and visiting research scholar at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. He earned his Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of Michigan’s Department of Political Science and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in 2013 from Hofstra University (Major: Political Science; Minors, Mathematics, Philosophy).

Crosson’s research agenda is motivated by a long-standing interest in why public policy changes when it does, and why it often fails to do so—even when many elites and citizens appear unsatisfied with the status quo. His work examines the institutional underpinnings of policy change and gridlock, with a particular interest in how legislative parties and electoral competition, interest group activity, and legislative professionalism influence how, when, and why public policy changes. 

Professor Crosson is Co-Director of Purdue's Program on American Institutional Renewal (PAIR), which seeks to advance the generation, communication, and use of new knowledge about the working sof America's governing institutions.

In addition to his research interests, he is dedicated to teaching and a proud member of the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts faculty.