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J. Wesley Leckrone PhD

Associate Professor

  • PhD Political Science 2006

    Temple University (PA)

  • MA American History 1995

    Temple University (PA)

  • BA Political Science 1991

    American University (DC)

  • POLS 205 American Public Policy and Politics

  • POLS 207 Power and Influence: Interest Groups in American Politics

  • POLS 315 State and Local Government

My primary interests are in the fields of American federalism and state and local policy agendas. I have been actively involved with several projects adapting Baumgartner and Jones' Policy Agendas Model to state and local policies. This line of research seeks to categorize the types of policies governments focus on over long periods of time. I have used this typology in my work at the Pennsylvania Policy Database Project at Temple University and in research on state memorials to Congress.

I am currently co-authoring research adapting this model to local politics through an exploration of the agendas of large-city mayors as voiced through their State of the City addresses. I am in the beginning stages of writing Governing the Commonwealth: Politics, Policy and Executive Power in Pennsylvania. The book examines how recent Pennsylvania governors have used their formal and informal powers to influence public policy across a range of issues including education, the environment, and social welfare.

Selected Awards

  • Arts and Sciences Outstanding Researcher Award, Social Sciences, Widener University, 2013

  • Faculty Award for Civic Engagement Finalist, Widener University, 2013

  • Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching Award Finalist, Widener University, 2013

Selected Publications

  • Leckrone, J.W., & Gollob, J. (2013). Federalism and the Pennsylvania legislature: Partisanship and intergovernmental priorities. Commonwealth: A Journal of Political Science, 16(1), 21–40.

  • Leckrone, J.W. (2013). Hippies, feminists and neocons: Using The Big Lebowski to find the political in the non-political. PS: Political Science & Politics, 46(1), 129–136.

  • Leckrone, J.W., & Gollob, J. (2010). Telegrams to Washington: Using memorials to Congress as a measure of state attention to the federal policy agenda. State and Local Government Review, 42(3), 235–245.

Pennsylvania Political Science Association (PPSA), Northeastern Political Science Association (NPSA)