Ph. D Candidate Jaclyn Bunch

About Jaclyn Bunch

Jaclyn BunchJaclyn Bunch is a Doctoral Candidate and the LeRoy Collins Fellow at Florida State University. Her research primarily falls within the fields of American Politics and Public Policy, with particular interests in state and local relations, federalism, hierarchical dilemmas, political media, motivation and reasoning. Jaclyn has taught courses in American national government, media and politics, as well as state and local politics and policies.

Jaclyn's Dissertation is titled, " The Struggle for Power: Institutions, Autonomy, and Exchanges in a Federal System." The work focuses upon the various ways in which authority is gained and lost and the potential impacts these shifts have on political and policy outcomes. By examining various institutions using distinct pairings of governmental tiers, Jaclyn is able to assess both the augmentation and limitations placed on autonomy through federalism. Utilizing the vehicles of elections and coattails, funding and devolution, home rule, and diffusion, she explores and highlights the various institutional factors that promote autonomy and the acquisition of power as well as those that limit and leave tiers of government depleted of capacity to govern efficiently. Much of the research is founded on original data, and utilizes diverse methodological tools.

As the LeRoy Collins Fellow, Jaclyn has been tasked with a host of projects including policy analysis, compilation of extensive data collection, coding, modeling, and assessment of state issues ranging from finance to institutional conflict and cooperation. She has contributed to several ongoing projects and has been invited to present  her research and findings to the institute and board of directors.