Joshua Jansa

Assistant Professor

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PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016

Dr. Joshua Jansa earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.  He teaches and researches topics in American politics, including interest groups and lobbying, state politics and policymaking, economic policy, and the politics of economic inequality.

His research has been published in State Politics and Policy QuarterlyEconomic Development Quarterly, and in edited volumes.  His dissertation received the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Dissertation Award as well as the Robert K. Merton Dissertation Award.

Research Interests

Interest Groups, State Politics, Policy Diffusion, Economic Policy, Inequality

Recent Publications

    • Jansa, Joshua M., Eric R. Hansen, and Virginia Gray. 2018. "Copy and Paste Lawmaking: Legislative Professionalism and Policy Reinvention in the States." American Politics Research
    • Jansa, Joshua M. and Michele M. Hoyman. 2018. "Do Unions Punish Democrats? Free Trade Votes and Labor PAC Contributions, 1999-2012." Political Research Quarterly, 71(2): 424-439.
    • Jansa, Joshua M. and Virginia Gray. 2017. Captured Development: Industry Influence and State Economic Development Subsidies in the Great Recession Era. Economic Development Quarterly31 (1): 50-64
    • Garrett, Kristin N. and Joshua M. Jansa. 2015. Interest Group Influence in Policy Diffusion Networks. State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 15, 3, 387-417.