Curriculum Vitae

J. Celeste Lay

Department of Political Science
Tulane University
316 Norman Mayer Building
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 862-8323 / jlay@tulane.edu

Academic Appointments (top)

  • Associate Professor (with tenure), Tulane University (2013-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University (2004-2006, 2008-2013)
  • Assistant Professor, Stonehill College (2006-2008)

Education (top)

  • University of Maryland, College Park, Ph.D. (2004), M.A. (2001)
    • Department of Government and Politics
  • College of Charleston, B.A. cum laude (1998)

Publications: Books (top)

Publications: Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals and Book Chapters (top)

Publications: Other Publications (top)

Selected Conference Presentations (top)

  • “Issue Ownership and the Democratic Party on Schools” Presented at the American Political Science Association meetings, San Francisco, August 2017
  • “Charter School Boards: Composition, Roles and Public Engagement” Presented at the American Political Science Association Meetings, Philadelphia, PA, August 2016
  • “Issue Ownership and the Effects of Party Convergence: Women’s Shift Away from the Democratic Party on Schools” Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association meetings, April 2015
  • “The Importance of the Education Issue for Women: Could the Democratic Party Be Selling Out to Republicans on Schools? Presented at the Mentoring Conference for New Research on Gender and Political Psychology, College of Wooster, October 2014
  • “High Stakes Testing for Politicians? The Effects of Local Test Scores on Mayoral Elections” Presented at the American Political Science Association Meetings, Washington, DC, August 2014
  • “Sixty Votes Needed to Pass: An Examination of How the Media Distort the Public’s Understanding of Senate Rules,” with Brian Brox, presented at the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 2014
  • “Adjusting to Immigrants in Small Towns,” Presented at The Challenges and Opportunities of Diversity in New Immigrant Destinations at Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.) sponsored by the Political Science Department and the Center for Urban and Global Studies, October 2013.
  • “The Best Accountability Measure We Have?” Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 2013
  • “A New, New Orleans Electorate? The Effect of Hurricane Katrina on the 2010 Mayoral Election” Presented at the annual America Political Science Association meetings, New Orleans, LA, August 2012
  • “Gender Gaps in Political Knowledge in Rural America,” with Melissa Barwick, Presented at the Southern Political Science Association meetings, New Orleans, LA, January 2012
  • “It’s Always About Race: Tolerance for Immigrants in Small Towns Undergoing Rapid Diversification,” Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association meetings, March/April 2011
  • “The Seat of Tradition? The Political Socialization of Girls in Rural America,” Presented at the conference on New Research in Gender and Political Psychology at Rutgers University, March 2011
  • “The Seat of Tradition…Or So We Have Thought: The Political Socialization of Girls in Rural America” presented at the American Political Science Association Meetings, Washington, DC, September 2010
  • “The Benefits of Household Partisan Disagreement on Adolescent Political Discussion” presented at the Midwest Political Science Meetings, Chicago, IL, April 2010
  • “Research Worth Doing Badly? Polling in the Aftermath of a Catastrophe” with Brian J. Brox, presented at the American Political Science Association meetings, Toronto, Canada, September 2009
  • “Citizenship in Rural America: Political Knowledge and Participation in Five Iowa Towns” presented at the International Society of Political Psychology meetings, Dublin, Ireland, July 2009

Selected Grants And Awards (top)

  • Newcomb College Institute, with Mirya R. Holman (to host Gender & Political Psychology conference), 2017
  • Honors Professor of the Year, Tulane University Honors Program, 2017
  • Monroe Fellows Research Grant, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, 2017
  • Committee on Research Summer Grant, Tulane University, 2017
  • Newcomb College Institute, with Mirya R. Holman and Menaka Philips, Tulane University, 2016
  • Carol Lavin-Bernick Faculty Grant, with Mirya R. Holman, Tulane University, 2016
  • Course Enhancement Grant, Center for Engaged Learning & Teaching, Tulane University, 2015
  • Course Activity Fund Grant, Center for Public Service, Tulane University, 2015
  • WAVES Grant, Center for Public Service, Tulane University, 2015
  • Center for Scholars Grant, School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University, 2014-2015
  • Course Development Grant, Center for Public Service at Tulane University, 2014
  • Senior Glick Fellowship, School of Liberal Arts at Tulane University, 2013-2014
  • Newcomb College Institute Research Grant, Fall 2011
  • William L. Duren Professor, Newcomb-Tulane College, 2010-2011
  • Junior Scholar Travel Grant, International Society of Political Psychology, 2009
  • Tulane Committee on Research Summer Fellowship, 2005, 2009
  • Tulane School of Liberal Arts, research grant to complete book, 2008-2010
  • The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), Dissertation Grant, 2004
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Maryland, Grant to study “Simulations as a Teaching Tool for Civic Education,” with Kathleen J. Young, 2004
  • Roberta Sigel Junior Scholar Paper Award, International Society of Political Psychology, “Patriotism and Political Participation among Russian and American Adolescents,” with Judith Torney-Purta, 2002

Courses Taught (top)

  • American Government
  • Public Policy
  • Public Opinion & Voting Behavior
  • Elections in America
  • Politics of Poverty Policy
  • Politics of Education Policy
  • Politics of Disasters
  • Special Topics: The New Hampshire Primary

University Service (top)

  • Tulane University:

    • Director & Creator, Summer Minor Program in U.S. Public Policy, 2013-present
    • Professor of Practice Review Committee, School of Liberal Arts, 2014-2017 (Chair: 2015-2016)
    • Student Conduct Hearing Board Member, 2016-present
    • Presidential Commission on Race and Tulane, 2016-present
    • Social Policy & Practice Program Advisory Board (coordinate major with political science and other social sciences), 2009-present
    • City, Culture & Community Ph.D. program, Affiliate faculty, 2010-present
    • Newcomb Fellow, H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Institute, 2008-present
    • Grievance Committee, School of Liberal Arts, 2010-2013
  • Department of Political Science, Tulane University:

    • Associate Chair, 2014-present
    • Chair, American Politics Search Committee, 2014
    • Professor of Practice Search Committee, PS/Gender & Sexuality Studies, 2013
    • American Politics Search Committee, 2004
    • Director of Independent Studies/Internships
    • Director of Honors Theses

Professional Service (top)

  • Conference Co-Organizer (with Mirya Holman), New Research on Gender & Political Psychology Meeting, October 21-24, 2017, Tulane University
  • Editorial Board Member, Urban Affairs Review, 2016-present
  • Section Head for American Public Opinion, Midwest Political Science Meetings, Apr. 2016
  • New Orleans Regional Network Co-Chair, Scholars Strategy Network, http://www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/scholar-profile/551
  • Section Head for Civic Education, Southern Political Science Meetings, January 2012
  • International Society of Political Psychology – Co-Chair of 2009 Best Dissertation Award Committee
  • Journal Reviewer: American Journal of Political Science; American Political Thought; American Politics Research; Educational Policy; Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics; Journal of Politics; Journal of Urban Affairs; Political Behavior; Political Research Quarterly; Political Science Quarterly; Politics & Gender; Politics, Groups and Identities; Social Forces; Social Science Quarterly; Social Science Research; The Sociological Quarterly; Urban Affairs Review
  • Book Reviewer: Temple University Press, Thomson-Wadsworth Publishing, Rowman and Littlefield, Oxford University Press
  • Panel Discussant at the Midwest Political Science Meetings (2014, 2013, 2010, 2011); Southern Political Science Association Meetings (2009, 2007)
  • Panel Chair: Midwest Political Science Association Meetings (2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2009); Southern Political Science Association Meetings (2008, 2007)
  • Roundtable on the New Hampshire Primary, New England Political Science Association Meetings, 2008

Updated: September 2017

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