Jennifer Jackman

Jennifer Jackman

Professional Details

Title: Associate Professor
Office: MH-333B
Phone: 978-542-2241
Resume: Jennifer Jackman [PDF 191KB]

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
1209 01 POL201 Introduction to American Politics
1210 S1 POL201 Introduction to American Politics
1218 01 POL303 Grassroots Politics
1222 01 POL315 Public Administration
1223 01 POL319 Public Policy Analysis
3419 02 POL201 Introduction to American Politics

Professional Biography

Jennifer Jackman, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Salem State University. She teaches courses in American politics, policy, and law.  Her background includes advocacy and scholarship in the areas of animal protection, women’s rights, and human rights. For fourteen years, she served as Director of Policy and Research for the Feminist Majority Foundation.  She worked in Kabul as the Research and Policy Advisor for the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. In addition, she directed the development of Humane Society University’s higher education programs in animals and public policy, animal studies, and humane leadership and chaired the new university's Department of Animal Policy and Advocacy.  She also has taught at Westfield State College and Duquesne University's School of Leadership and Professional Advancement.

She currently serves on the Salem State University's Civic Engagement Committee and co-chairs the university's Earth Day Planning Committee. In 2013, she was inducted into the Salem State University Civic Engagement Hall of Fame and Phi Kappa Phi Society. She is the Advisor for the Pre-Law Society. In 2012, she received the "Advisor of the Year" award for her work with the Political Science Academy. In addition to her Salem State University responsibilities, she teaches a graduate seminar each year in public policy at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, where she is a faculty fellow at the Center for Animals and Public Policy.

Jackman received her Ph.D. in social policy from Brandeis University and later earned a M.S. in animals and public policy from the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She received her B.A. in government from Smith College.

Professional Interests

Professor Jackman is currently directing a study on "Human-Wildlife Conflict on Cape Cod: A Survey of Voter Attitudes, Experiences, and Policy Preferences." Her research interests include:

Animals and public policy

Relationship between social movements and political institutions

Environmental policies, articularly related to wildlife

Ballot measures

Gender gap in attitudes and voting

Online education

Experiential learning and civic engagement


I teach the following courses:

POL101 Introduction to Political Science 

POL201 Introduction to American Politics

POL219 Introduction to Public Policy

POL291 Introduction to Political Science Research Methods

POL303 Grassroots Politics 

POL312 State and Local Government

POL315 Public Administration 

POL318 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

POL319 Public Policy Analysis

POL331 Issues in American Politics and Policy (Summer Travel Institute 2015 Topic: Wildlife on Cape Cod)

POL333 Gender, Law and Policy 

POL500 Directed Study

My courses often include moot court, mini-moot, and congressional hearing simulations, debates, and partnerships with non-profit organizations. My courses also have featured a Gender, Law and Policy Lecture Series and Social Movement Film Series.

Selected Publications

Jackman, J. (in press). “Endangered Species, Habitat Protection, and Politics.” American Political Culture: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Jackman, J., Chenault, T. G. and J. Winkler. (in press). “Bringing Organizations Back In: Perspectives on Service Learning, Community Partnership, and Democratic Thinking in a Voter Engagement Project.” Partnerships: A Journal of Service Learning and Community Engagement.

Jackman, J. (2012). ""Benefits and Challenges of a Short-Duration Experiential Learning Opportunity." Political Science Educator 16:1, 11-15.

Jackman, J. (2010). “Animal Policy and the Gender Gap.” In Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animals Welfare, ed. Marc Bekoff. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Jackman, J. and A. Rowan, eds. (2009). Proceedings from the National Technology Assessment Workshop on Animal Assisted Programs for Youth At Risk, December 6-7, 2007. Washington, DC: Humane Society of the United States.

Jackman, J. (2008). 2008 Election Gender Gap Analysis. Accessed at

Jackman, J. and A. Rowan. (2007). “Free-Roaming Dogs in Developing Countries: The Public Health and Animal Welfare Benefits of Capture,Neuter, and Return Programs.” In State of the Animals 2007, eds.Deborah Salem and Andrew Rowan. Washington, D.C.: Humane Society Press.

Jackman, J. (2002). “Anatomy of a Feminist Victory: Winning the Transfer of RU 486 Patent Rights to the United States, 1988-1994.” Women & Politics. Washington, D.C.: Haworth Press.

Jackman, J. (1999). “1997 National Clinic Violence Survey Report: A Five Year Analysis of Anti-abortion Violence Trends.” Pp. 3-9. In Conference Proceedings of Women’s Progress: Perspectives on the Past, Blueprint for the Future, Institute for Women’s Policy Research Fifth Women’s Policy Research Conference, June 12-13.

Jackman, J. (1997). “Blue Smoke, Mirrors, and Mediators: The Symbolic Contest Over RU 486.” Pp.112-138 in The Politics of Agenda Denial, eds. Roger Cobb and Marc Howard Ross. Kansas: University of Kansas Press.

Jackman, J. (1994). Feminism, Direct Democracy, and Power: The Effectiveness of Abortion Rights Ballot Measure Campaigns in Oregon, 1978-1990. Ann Arbor, Michigan: UMI Dissertation Information Service.

Selected Presentations

Jackman, J. and Bridgers, J. (2014). “The Other Animal: Human-Coyote Conflict, Pet Ownership and the 'Pet Gap' In Attitudes Among Cape Cod, MA Voters.” Pathways 2014: Integrating Human Dimensions into Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Estes Park, CO.

Jackman, J. 2014. “Treating Coyotes Like Cape Codders: The increasing acceptance of coyotes as part of the social and ecological landscape of Cape Cod, 2005-2012.” 20th International Symposium on Society and Natural Resources, Hannover, Germany.

Jackman, J. and Martell, P.. 2014. “Mapping Human-Coyote Interactions on Cape Cod: An Interdisciplinary Endeavor.” Faculty and Graduate Research Symposium, Salem State University. May 2.

Jackman, J. and Martell, P.. 2014. “Landscape Factors and Human-Coyote Interactions on Cape Cod.” Cape Cod Natural History Conference, Barnstable, MA.

Jackman, J. 2013. “The Mystique about the Feminine Mystique: 50th Anniversary Panel Discussion.” Salem State University, September 30.

Jackman, J. 2013. “Coexisting with Coyotes?: Findings from the Cape Cod Wildlife Survey.” Salem State University Faculty and Graduate Research Symposium, Salem, MA.

Jackman, J. 2013. “Human-Wildlife Conflicts on Cape Cod: A Survey of Voter Experiences, Attitudes and Policy Preferences.” 18th Annual Cape Cod Natural History Conference, Barnstable, MA.

Jackman, J. 2013. “Coexisting with Coyotes? Findings from the Cape Cod Wildlife Survey.” Cape Wildlife Center Lecture Series, Cummaquid, MA.

Jackman, J. (2012). "Experiential Learning and Political Engagement in Online Courses." Paper presented at Northeast Political Science Association 2012 Meeting, Boston, MA, November 15-17.

Jackman, J. (2012). “When Virtuality and Reality Meet: Online Courses, Experiential Learning and Political Engagement.” Paper presented at 2012 American Political Science AssociationTeaching and Learning Conference, Washington, DC, February 17-19.

Jackman, J. (2011). “The Gender Gap and Animal Policy: New Directions for Political Science and Animal Studies.” Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the NewEngland Political Science Association, Hartford, Connecticut, April 29-30.

Jackman, J. (2011). “Making It Real: Simulations and Role-Play As Active Learning Strategies.” Center for Teaching Innovation, Salem State University, March 28.

Jackman, J. (2011). “Mini-Internships, Public Administration and Civic Engagement:The Benefits and Challenges of a Short-Duration Experiential Learning Opportunity.” Paper presented at 2011 American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 11-13.

Jackman, J. (2010). “Interest Groups, Citizen Participation Mechanisms, and Institutional Bias in State Wildlife Policy.” Paper presented at Northeast Political Science Association 2010 Meeting, Boston, MA, November 11-13.