Amanda Leifson

Amanda is currently a PhD candidate in Political Science, with concentrations in American Politics and Behavior. Her most current research has two primary agendas: studying the interactions between governors and state legislatures in regards to veto strategies, and understanding the trade-offs between voter preferences and vote choice. Amanda has an extensive teaching portfolio of undergraduate classes in American Politics, Political Behavior, and Research Methods, as an instructor of record, Analytical TA, and Teaching Assistant. Throughout her graduate studies, Amanda has also held a number of leadership and mentorship roles to both graduate and undergraduate students, and is currently involved in the graduate student government at the University of Pittsburgh.

Education & Training

  • MA, Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2016
  • BA, Political Science, Brigham Young University, 2010

Research Interest Summary

State Politics, Governor & State Legislature Relations, Executive Vetoes, Voter Preferences & Vote Choice


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