Collegiate Affiliation

Andrew Karch is Arleen C. Carlson Professor of American Politics and Chair of 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. His most recent book, Responsive States: Federalism and American Public Policy, is co-authored with Shanna Rose of Claremont McKenna College and was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. His previous book, Early Start: Preschool Politics in the United States (University of Michigan Press), was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2013. He is also 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, Legislative Studies QuarterlyState Politics & Policy Quarterly, American Politics Research, Policy Studies Journal, Journal of Policy History, Studies in American Political Development, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, and Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

He is currently serving on the editorial boards of State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, and Publius: The Journal of Federalism. He is also a fellow of the Center for the Study of Federalism, and he previously served two terms as Chair of the Executive Council of the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Section of the APSA.

Educational Background
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Political Science, Harvard University, 2003 -
  • B.A., summa cum laude: Political Science, Yale University, 1997 -