Joshua Jansa

Assistant Professor

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Contact Information

233 Social Sciences and Humanities

Office Hours (Fall 2020)

Available on Zoom Hours TBA (email to request Zoom Meeting link)

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

    • Hansen, Eric R. and Joshua M. Jansa. Forthcoming. “Complexity, Resources, and Text Borrowing in State Legislatures.” Journal of Public Policy.
    • Bucci, Laura C. and Joshua M. Jansa. Forthcoming. “Who Passes Restrictive Labor Policy? A View from the States.” Journal of Public Policy.
    • Jansa, Joshua M. Forthcoming. “Chasing Disparity: State Economic Development  Incentives and Income Inequality.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly.
    • Jansa, Joshua M. 2019. “You Catch More Flies with Honey: An Analysis of PAC Punishment and Congressional Vote Switching.” Interest Groups & Advocacy 8, 2: 184-207. 
    • Jansa, Joshua M., Eric R. Hansen, and Virginia Gray. 2019. "Copy and Paste Lawmaking: Legislative Professionalism and Policy Reinvention in the States." American Politics Research, 47 (4): 739-767. 
    • 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.