Jeanette Morehouse Mendez joined the OSU faculty in 2005 and is currently Interim Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. She is also a Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean for Research. Prior to becoming Associate Dean, she served as Department Head of Political Science (2011-2017). Mendez graduated from Santa Clara University in 1998, receiving a B.S. in Combined Sciences. From there she went to Indiana University, earning an M.A. in Political Science in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Political Science in 2003. Mendez’s research focuses primarily on political information processing and the impact this has on political behavior. Her recent work includes studying gendered patterns within political campaigns, political participation and identity of American Indians, and the impact of gender on public opinion. Her new book, Descriptive Elections: Empowering the American Electorate, explores campaign dynamics and outcomes when women are candidates. Her work has been published in journals including Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Political Psychology, Politics and Gender, Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, PS: Political Science and Politics, Journal of Media Psychology, and Journal of Political Science. Mendez is currently the co-editor of Political Research Quarterly and continues to teach courses in Public Opinion, Voting and Elections and Survey Research.