Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
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Dr. Kelly is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Virginia Tech. His focus is American politics and his research interests include legislative and judicial institutions, public opinion, political parties, and elections. Some of his current research explores how the rules that govern legislative redistricting shape the strategies employed by partisans seeking to create electoral advantages and how the variance in redistricting procedures across states affects the degree to which congressional districts are gerrymandered to benefit one party over the other or incumbents over their would-be challengers. Professor Kelly is also examining how each of the various systems employed by states to select their high court judges' affects the extent to which the decision-making of such judges will be influenced by public opinion.

This site features a page with several pieces of Visual Basic (VB) and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code, which Dr. Kelly has written to automate data gathering from on-line sources. Visitors may feel free to incorporate the code (for non-commercial purposes) into their own functions to be carried out in free-standing apps or in Excel. There are also links to his CV, a page about his research, and a site with pictures from his recent travels.

Redistricting Texas style
Contact information:
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Department of Political Science
517 Major Williams Hall
Blacksburg, VA USA 24061-0130
Email: jpkelly@vt.edu
Phone: 540-231-2839