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Jennifer Lawless

Running from Office: Why Young Americans Are Turned Off to Politics

About Jennifer Lawless

Jennifer Lawless is a professor of government at American University where she serves as the director of the Women and Politics Institute. An expert on electoral politics, she received her Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. She is the author of several books, including Becoming a Candidate: Political Ambition and the Decision to Run for Office; It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for Office, and her recently published book, Running from Office: Why Young Americans Are Turned Off to Politics. Her scholarly analysis and political commentary have been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, and on the CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, and MSNBC.


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