Jaclyn Bunch

Jaclyn Bunch

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice


  • B.A. Pace University,
  • M.S Political Science, Florida State
  • Ph.D. Political Science, Florida State University 


Dr. Jaclyn Bunch is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at South. Dr. Bunch earned her B.A. in 2009 from Pace University and her Ph.D. in May of 2014 from Florida State University, where she served as the LeRoy Collins Fellow. In this role, Dr. Bunch was 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. 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. Dr. Bunch's work is published in noted field journals including PS: Political Science and Politics, Public Policy and Administration, State and Local Government Review, and Justice Quarterly. On the undergraduate level, she has taught courses in American national government, media and politics, as well as state and local politics and policies. Dr. Bunch also teaches extensively in the Masters in Public Administration Program at South, and her graduate courses include intergovernmental relations, public budgeting, state and local politics, organization and behavior, media and public relations, as well as health policy concentration coursework. Within the past three years Dr. Bunch has been honored with numerous awards, including the Andy and Carol Denny National Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching award, University of South Alabama College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, and the distinguishment as “Top Prof” through the Mortar Board.

Research Interests

  • Federalism
    • State and Local Relations
    • Fiscal Federalism
    • Hierarchical Dilemmas
    • Diffusion and Innovation
  • Public Policy and Administration
    • Redistributive Public Policy
    • State and Local Implementation
    • Social Construction
  • Political Psychology
    • Motivation and Reasoning/ Opinion Formation
    • Cognitive Heuristics
    • Framing and Media
  • Public Opinion

  • U.S Government

  • Health Policy and Administration

Recent Publications

  • Bunch, Jaclyn, Scott Liebertz, and Kerri Milita. 2017. "Outcomes and Outputs: Long-term effects of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families on caseload enrollment and poverty." Public Policy and Administration. DOI: 10.1177/0952076716687353

  • Liebertz, Scott, and Jaclyn Bunch. 2017. "Examining the Externalities of Welfare Reform: TANF and Crime" Justice Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2017.1323113

  • Milita, Kerri, and Jaclyn Bunch. 2017. "Helicopter Parenting and the Policy Attitudes of College Students ." PS: Political Science and Politics.

  • Bunch, Jaclyn. Forthcoming. “Give and Take: The Case of Home Rule Infringements in the United States”, PS: Political Science and Politics.



  • Organization and Behavior PSC 500
  • Intergovernmental Relations PSC 510
  • Government Personnel Management PSC 540
  • Managing the Public Budget PSC 550
  • Health Policy PSC 585
  • Social Construction of Public Policy PSC 590
  • State and Local Politics PSC 590
  • Media, Politics, and Public Relations PSC 590


  • Introduction to American Government PSC 130
  • State and Local Government PSC 232
  • Public Policy PSC 301
  • Public Administration PSC 401
  • Media and Politics PSC 490
  • Capstone Seminar PSC 492