Jae-Jae Spoon PhD, University of Michigan, 2005

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Jae-Jae Spoon is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the European Studies Center. She is co-editor of the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties.  Her research focuses on comparative electoral behavior primarily in Europe.  She is interested in understanding political party strategies and their outcomes for the party, its elected officials, and voters, and how party type and size, institutions, and context influence parties’ decision‐making at both the domestic and European levels. She has a particular interest in the behavior of new and small political parties. Professor Spoon received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2005.  Before coming to Pittsburgh, she taught at the University of Iowa and the University of North Texas and was a visiting researcher at the University of Mannheim. 


Areas of Expertise

Comparative Political Parties
Comparative Political Systems
European Politics



Spoon, Jae-Jae and Heike Klüver. “Does Anybody Notice? How Position Shifts of Coalition Parties are Perceived by Voters.” Forthcoming. European Journal of Political Research.


Klüver, Heike and Jae-Jae Spoon. 2016. “Who Responds? Voters, Parties, and Issue Attention.” British Journal of Political Science.  46.3:  633-654.


Spoon, Jae-Jae and Karleen Jones West. 2015. “Bottoms Up:  How Subnational Elections Influence Parties’ Decisions to Run in Presidential Elections in Europe and Latin America.” Research & Politics. 2.3.


Spoon, Jae-Jae and Heike Klüver.  2015 “Voter Polarization and Party Responsiveness:  Why Parties Emphasize Divided Issues, but Remain Silent on Unified Issues.” European Journal of Political Research. 54.2:  343-362.


Williams, Christopher and Jae-Jae Spoon. 2015. “Differentiated Party Response: The Effect of Euroskeptic Public Opinion on Party Positions.” European Union Politics. 16.2: 176-193.


Spoon, Jae-Jae, Sara B. Hobolt and Catherine E. de Vries.  2014. “Going Green:  Explaining Issue Competition on the Environment.” European Journal of Political Research. 53.2:  363-380


Spoon, Jae-Jae. 2011. Political Survival of Small Parties in Europe.  2011.  New Comparative Politics Series.  University of Michigan Press.   [Paperback published January 2015.]




PS 0300 Introduction to Comparative Politics

PS 1330 European Union/European Studies Capstone

PS 2313 Comparative Political Behavior