Jatia Wrighten

Jatia Wrighten, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

(804) 828-2076

Founders Hall, 827 West Franklin St.

Office hours: By appointment

Curriculum vitae

Black Women

State Legislatures




  • Ph.D., American Politics, George Mason University, 2020
  • M.A., American Politics, University of Maryland College Park, 2011
  • B.A., Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2006

Research Interests

  • Black women
  • State legislatures
  • Leadership


Selected Publications

  • Wrighten, Jatia. 2022. “Heavy Lifting: authentic talent development and leadership obtainment for Black women state legislators.” European Journal of Training and Development.
  • Wrighten, Jatia. 2022. “Centering Black Women Political Elites, A Review.” Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy. 43(3): 417-422.
  • Wrighten, Jatia. 2021. "Political Ambition and Community Lift: Stacey Abrams and Fair Fight". Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics.
  • Wrighten, Jatia. 2020. "Black Women and the Burden of U.S. Democracy". Virginia Commonwealth University.



  • The Politics of the Civil Rights Movement
  • African American Politics
  • Research Methods
  • Introduction to American Government