Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Leighley’s research and teaching interests focus on voter turnout, racial/ethnic political behavior, and media/public opinion and representation. Her research on voter turnout has focused on demographic variations in voting and how electoral rules influence these variations. She is also interested in how individuals’ social networks and access to media influence their political engagement.
Compares the demographic characteristics and political views of voters and nonvoters in American presidential elections since 1972 and examines how electoral reforms and the choices offered by candidates influence voter turnout.