Dr. Ellen Key

Dr. Ellen Key joined the Department of Government and Justice Studies in 2012. She earned an A.B. in Government from Georgetown University, a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Georgia, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Stony Brook University. Her areas of teaching and research focus on judicial politics, public opinion, and political methodology. Her work has appeared in journals such as Political Behavior, PS: Political Science and Politics, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management, and The Political Methodologist. In addition to her work with GJS, she is also a faculty affiliate of the Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies Program and serves as the president of SPSA Women. She enjoys following college sports and co-teaches a class on the politics of sports. In her spare time, she’s learning how to knit.

Areas of Expertise & Interest:
• Judicial Politics
• Public Opinion
• Political Methodology
• Gender Politics

• Ph.D., Political Science, Stony Brook University
• M.A., Political Science, University of Georgia
• A.B., Government, Georgetown University

Courses Taught:
• American National Government and Politics
• Judicial Process

• Law and Politics

• Judicial Decision-Making
• Constitutional Law

• The Washington Experience

• Washington at Work

• Politics of Sport

• Law and Society

• Political Science Capstone

• Research Methods and Statistics
• Foundations of American Politics

Key, Ellen M. and Kathleen Donovan. Forthcoming. “The Political Economy: Political Determinants of the Macroeconomy.” Political Behavior.

Eskridge, Robert and Ellen M. Key. 2017. “Elements of Trust in Municipal Government.” in Social Capital in Mexico and the United States: Reflections and Research. Jose Luis Sergio Sosa-Gonzales and Carrie Blanchard Bush eds. Puebla, Mexico: BUAP Printing Press.

Carson, Jamie, Ellen M. Key, Gregory Koger, and Matthew J. Lebo,. 2017. “The Electoral Costs of Party Loyalty in the House and Senate.” in Strategic Party Government by Matthew Lebo and Gregory Koger. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Bush, Carrie Blanchard, Ellen M. Key, and Robert Eskridge. 2016. “Assessing the Impact of City Manager Ideology on Local Expenditures.” Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management. 28(2): 196-221.

Key, Ellen M. 2016. “How Are We Doing? Data Access and Replication in Political Science.” PS: Political Science and Politics. 49(2): 268-272.

Key, Ellen M. and Matthew J. Lebo. 2015. “Political Science, Time Series, and Pooled Cross-Sectional Time Series Analysis.” International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition.

Key, Ellen M. and Matthew J. Lebo. 2012.“Time Series Software: Stata 12 versus RATS 8.” The Political Methodologist 20(1): 8-9.

Title: Assistant Professor of Political Science
Department: Department of Government and Justice Studies

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7916

Office address
350K Anne Belk Hall