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Kent Jennings

Kent Jennings

2007 Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences

Kent Jennings was one of the cofounders of ICPR in 1963. If the election studies were the first major data collection in the archive, it is fair to say that the Jennings political socialization (panel) studies were the second most important contribution to our holdings in the field of political science.

Professor Jennings specializes in the study of political socialization and public opinion, gender and politics, political participation, and research design and data collection. He was a faculty member in the Political Science Department and a researcher at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan from 1963-81. In addition, Jennings served as the first director of the (then) Survey Archive at ICPR. From 1984 to 1996, he held joint faculty appointments at both the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Michigan. Jennings has been a Visiting Scholar or Professor at the University of Oregon, Tilburg University (the Netherlands), University of California, Los Angeles, and Arizona State University, where he was the first Barry Goldwater Professor of American Institutions. In addition to having been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, he has received research grants from the Ford Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Professor Jennings was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1982. He served as President of the International Society of Political Psychology in 1989-90 and as President of the American Political Science Association in 1997-98. He has published over sixty articles in leading scholarly journals and is the author or coauthor of the following books: Community Influentials, The Image of the Federal Service, The Political Character of Adolescence, Governing American Schools, Generations and Politics, Parties in Transition, and Continuities in Political Action. His current research interests concern the longitudinal analyses of political orientations, gender and politics, and mass public participation.

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