Prof. Jatia Wrighten


Professor Wrighten conducts research on black women, state legislatures, and leadership. Her current project examines the gap in leadership that exists between black and white women in state legislatures.  She was most recently awarded the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Dissertation Year Award for 2018-2019 in the amount of $25,000. She has taught a range of political science courses at George Mason University as well as at Northern Virginia Community College. She is currently co-authoring an article with her chair, Robert McGrath: "Institutional Characteristics and the Value of Women’s Committee Portfolios in State Legislatures." She looks forward to continuing research that emphasizes themes of equality, justice, and political effects for the most marginalized groups in the United States. Jatia received her B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University; her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Maryland, College Park; and is a Ph.D. candidate at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.  Jatia plans to use her degree to teach and serve as a mentor to a future generation of scholars. When she is not researching and writing, she enjoys traveling with her husband and three children. 

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Department of Political Science
James Madison University
91 E Grace St., MSC 7705
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

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