Andrew J Karch
1211 Social Science Building
267 19th Ave S
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.