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Dr. Jenna Becker Kane

  • Associate Professor
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  • Office: Anderson Hall, Room 317A
  • Phone: 610-436-3364


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.  2020. “Institutional Determinants of Amici Filings across State Supreme Courts.” In Waltenburg, Diascro, and Solberg, eds. Open Judicial Politics: An Empirical Reader. Oregon State University Press.   

Kane, Jenna Becker.  2019. “Why State Supreme Court Elections Matter: Pennsylvania’s 2015 Supreme Court Election and Redistricting in Pennsylvania.” in Atherton and Leckrone, eds. Pennsylvania Politics and Policy, Volume II: A Commonwealth Reader. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.  

Kane, Jenna Becker.  2018. “Informational Need, Institutional Capacity, and Court Receptivity: Interest Groups and Amicus Curiae in State High Courts.” Political Research Quarterly 71(4): 881-894.

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