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Jennifer N. Victor

Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Programs



Robinson Hall A232, MSN: 3F4
Fairfax, Virginia 22033

Affiliation: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics



Jennifer Nicoll Victor is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She studies the U.S. Congress, legislative organization and behavior, social network methods, campaign finance, interest groups and lobbying. She is the co-author of Bridging the Information Gap: Legislative Member Organizations in the United States and the European Union (U. Michigan Press 2013), and the co-editor of a forthcoming volume of the Oxford University Press Handbook of Political Networks (expected publication in 2017). Her research on legislator ambition, lobbying, legislative networks, political parties, and campaign finance has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, American Politics Research, P.S.: Political Science and Politics, and elsewhere. She holds a Ph.D. (2003) and an M.A. (1999), in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.A. in Political Science from University of California, San Diego (1997). She serves on the Board of Directors of the non-partisan, non-profit Center for Responsive Politics. In 2005 she served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the office of Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND). From 2003-2012 she was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the faculty at George Mason in 2012.

Areas of Research

  • Campaign Finance
  • Elections
  • Interest Groups
  • Legislatures
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Social Network Analysis
  • U.S. Politics