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Staff Profiles

Lori Hausegger, PhD
Program Director

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This is my seventh year of NEW, and fifth year as Director.  Each year I’m impressed with how awesome our students make this program. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, I came to the United States to earn a Ph.D from Ohio State University.  My first job as a professor was at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, but for the last 15 years I have been a professor at Boise State University. I teach the fun classes in the political science department like Civil Liberties and Women and the Law. My research is on comparative judicial selection and judicial decision making. I’ve studied women’s interest groups use of the courts in their pursuit of equality in the United States and Canada and my current work examines the impact of gender on judicial decision making. I’m very excited about another year of NEW!

Jaci Kettler, PhD

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This is my first year as Co-Director of NEW Leadership Idaho. I’ve really enjoyed being part of the program in previous years and am excited to be more involved this year. I grew up on a small farm in Kansas, spent six years in Houston while earning a Ph.D. from Rice University, and joined the political science program at Boise State University in 2014. Many of my research projects examine influence in American politics, including questions related to money in politics, political parties, and the representation of women in subnational politics. I teach a variety of American politics courses at BSU, including Women & Politics and Comparative State Politics. I am looking forward to interacting with all of you soon in this year’s exciting NEW program.