Personal Bio

Spring 2016 GraduationI am Assistant Professor of Political Science at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL. During the 2014-2015 academic year, I served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in Washington, D.C. I spent the year working on energy and environmental policy in the office of U.S. Senator Jack Reed (RI). In 2013, I graduated from the Ph.D. program in political science at the University of Florida. From 2012 to 2013, I served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, FL.

My areas of specialization are American institutions, political behavior, and research methods, with an emphasis on the U.S. Congress, political parties, and party polarization. In 2011, I served as co-chair (with Joshua Huder) of the Graduate Student Research and Career Development section of the 2011 Southern Political Science Association. I currently serve as a member of the Membership Development Committee of the SPSA (2014).

Scholarly Interests

The primary focus of my research is the U.S. Congress. My dissertation, Polarization Reconsidered: The Influence of Institutional Structure on Legislative Networks, explores how the institutional structure and rules of the U.S. House and Senate influence the behavior of their members across time.  In addition, I am involved in an on-going project with Professor Stephen Craig on the ways political candidates respond when they are attacked during a campaign. More information on my research activities is available here.

Paulina S. Cossette, Jacksonville University

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Paulina S. Cossette, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of
Political Science
Jacksonville University


Contact information:
2800 University Blvd. North
Jacksonville, FL 32211
email: pripper<at>ju<dot>edu