Jane L Sumner

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Jane Lawrence Sumner is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2016. Her research focuses primarily on the politics of multinational production --- ranging from how countries attract foreign direct investment, to how corporations influence local communities once they choose to invest, to how corporate behavior influences public opinion. She is also interested in issues of measurement in comparative politics and other data-poor settings.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.S.: Political Science, University of Michigan, 2010.
  • M.A.: Political Science, Emory University, 2014.
  • Ph.D.: Political Science, Emory University, 2016.

Curriculum Vitae


  • quantitative methodology and statistics
  • political economy
  • multinational corporations
Courses Taught
  • POL 3085H: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science
  • POL 8160: Maximum Likelihood Estimation
  • POL 4085: Advanced Political Data Analysis
  • POL 3833: The US & the Global Economy
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Moderator: Visions in Methodology Listserv , 2014 - 2016
  • The GBAT: A Web-Based Tool for Estimating Gender Balance in Syllabi and Bibliographies. Sumner, Jane, Author, 2018.
  • Marginal Effects in Interaction Models: Determining and Controlling the False Positive Rate: Sumner, Jane, Justin Esarey, Comparative Political Studies, 2017.
  • Regional or Parochial? Support for Cross-Community Sharing within City-Regions: Sumner, Jane, Michael Leo Owens, Journal of Urban Affairs, 2016.
  • What's the Risk? Bilateral Investment Treaties, Political Risk, and Fixed Capital Accumulation: Sumner, Jane, Andrew Kerner, British Journal of Political Science, 44 107-21, 2014.