Andrew J Karch

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Andrew Karch (Ph.D., Harvard University, 2003) is Arleen C. Carlson Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. He joined the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2010 after teaching for seven years at the University of Texas at Austin. His research centers on the political determinants of public policy choices in the contemporary United States, with a special focus on federalism and state politics. It emphasizes the competing forces that facilitate major policy shifts or foster stability and examines how political incentives and previous policy choices interact to determine the conditions under which significant reforms are likely to occur. His current research projects examine the evolution of early childhood education and the politics of embryonic stem cell research in the United States.

He is the author of Democratic Laboratories: Policy Diffusion among the American States (University of Michigan Press, 2007). His research has also appeared in The Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, American Politics Research, Policy Studies Journal, and Journal of Policy History.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Political Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2003.
  • B.A., summa cum laude: Political Science, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1997.

Curriculum Vitae

Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Program Chair, State Politics and Policy Section, Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September 2011:
  • State Politics and Policy Section Career Achievement Award Committee, 2009 - 2010.:
  • Editorial Board, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 2008 - present.:
  • Annual Conference on State Politics and Public Policy Site Selection Committee, 2007 - 2008.:
  • Andrew Karch, "Vertical Diffusion and the Policymaking Process: The Politics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research," Political Research Quarterly. Forthcoming.
  • Andrew Karch, “Policy Feedback and Preschool Funding in the American States,“Policy Studies Journal 38 (May 2010):217-234.
  • Andrew Karch, “Venue Shopping, Policy Feedback, and American Preschool Education.“Journal of Policy History 21 (January 2009):38-60.
  • Carl E. Klarner and Andrew Karch, “Why Do Governors Issue Vetoes? The Impact of Individual and Institutional Influences,“Political Research Quarterly 61 (December 2008):574-584.
  • John Sides and Andrew Karch, “Messages that Mobilize? Issue Publics and the Content of Campaign Advertising.“The Journal of Politics 70 (April 2008):466-476.
  • Andrew Karch, Democratic Laboratories: Policy Diffusion among the American States. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007.
  • Andrew Karch, Corrine M. McConnaughy, and Sean M. Theriault, “The Legislative Politics of Congressional Redistricting Commission Proposals,“American Politics Research 35 (November 2007):808-825.
  • Andrew Karch, “Emerging Issues and Future Directions in State Policy Diffusion Research,“State Politics and Policy Quarterly 7 (Spring 2007):54-80.
  • Andrew Karch, “National Intervention and the Diffusion of Policy Innovations,“American Politics Research 34 (July 2006):403-426.
  • University of Texas at Austin, Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program, 2009 - 2010
  • Texas Blazers Faculty Excellence Award, May 2009
  • University of Texas at Austin, Advising Excellence Award, Plan II Honors Program 2007 - 2008
  • Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center Visiting Scholars Program, Fall 2006
  • Smith Richardson Foundation Domestic Public Policy Research Fellowship Program, January 2005 - January 2007
  • Robert W. Hartley Fellowship in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution, Fall 2002 - Summer 2003