Department of Political Science

West Chester University

Contact Info:
Tara Easterling
205 Ruby Jones Hall

Dr. Jenna Becker Kane

Assistant Professor
            Office: Ruby Jones Hall 101
            Phone: (610) 436-6942



Dr. Becker Kane joined the West Chester University's Political Science Department in the Fall of 2015 where she teaches courses on judicial politics, constitutional law, and American political institutions. Her research interests include state supreme court decision making, interest group involvement in state courts, and judicial selection in the states. When not teaching, Dr. Becker Kane loves reading, researching, and spending time with her family.


Ph.D., Temple University, 2015

M.A., East Stroudsburg University, 2008

B.A., Arizona State University, 2002


Kane, Jenna Becker. 2017. "Lobbying Justice(s)? Exploring the Nature of Amici Influence in State
Supreme Court Decision Making." State Politics & Policy Quarterly 17(3).

Bonneau, Chris W. and Jenna Becker Kane. 2017. "Proposals for Judicial Reforms: Successes and
Failures" in Bonneau and Hall, eds. Judicial Elections in the 21st Century. New York: Routledge.

Kane, Jenna Becker. 2016. "The 2015 Pennsylvania Supreme Court Election in Comparative
Perspective." Commonwealth: A Journal of Pennsylvania Politics & Policy 18(2).

Courses Regularly Taught

PSC 100 - American Government
PSC 250 - Politics of the Judicial Process
PSC 350 - Constitutional Law I: Institutions & Constraints
PSC 352 - Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties & Rights
PSC 359 - Presidential Politics