Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier is a nationally recognized political scientist and scholar who assumed the role of interim executive dean and vice provost of the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University beginning July 1, 2018. She will also serve as lead dean for the Translational Data Analytics Initiative.
Box-Steffensmeier also serves as the Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Sociology, and directs the Program in Statistics and Methodology (PRISM) in the Department of Political Science.
She is a strong advocate and proponent of the enduring and practical value of a liberal arts education, and has served in many leadership roles, including as president of the Midwest Political Science Association and the Political Methodology Society, as well as treasurer and vice president of the American Political Science Association. Her research and teaching interests span American politics — including legislative politics, public opinion and political behavior — and political methodology, particularly event history and time series analysis.
Box-Steffensmeier received her BA in mathematics and political science from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. During her time at Ohio State she has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Undergraduate Mentor Award; Distinguished Scholar Award; Distinguished Teaching Award; Political Methodology Career Achievement Award; and Political Methodology Excellence in Mentoring Award, among many others. She is an inaugural Fellow of the Society for Political Methodology, and she was recently selected as a member of the 2017 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The Box-Steffensmeier Graduate Student Award, given annually by the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), is named after her in recognition of her contributions in political methodology and her support of women in the field.
As a first-generation college student herself, Box-Steffensmeier is dedicated to equipping the next generation of artists, scholars and scientists for success in their academic and professional lives.