Aaron J Rosenthal

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. My research and teaching interests are located within American politics and political methodology, with particular specializations in public policy, race and politics, state and local politics, political inequality, and political behavior.  My research has been published in Social Sciences History, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, and Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. Prior to the University of Minnesota, I received my B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago and worked as the Midwest Field Organizer for J Street.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: Political Science (Honors), Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, 2011.
  • M.A.: Political Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2015.

Curriculum Vitae


  • American politics
  • Political methodology
  • Public policy
  • State and local politics
  • Race and politics
  • Political inequality
  • Political behavior
  • Policy feedback
  • Policy Diffusion and Policy Transfer
Courses Taught
  • Instructor of Record| Introduction to American Politics and Government (Summer 2015, Metropolitan State University)
  • Teaching Assistant| Political Tolerance (Spring 2014)
  • Teaching Assistant| Political Psychology of Mass Behavior (Fall 2013)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Midwest Field Organizer, J Street: March 2011 - May 2012


  • Research Assistant: Professor Joe Soss and Professor Sarah Bruch. Russell Sage Foundation grant for a project titled “Integrating Racial Relations in Understandings of the Politics of Inequality”, August 2014 - May 2016
  • Research Assistant: Dr. Andrew Karch, May 2014 - August 2014
  • Research Assistant: Dr. Andrew Karch, May 2013 - August 2013


  • Vice Chair of Executive Board, Devin Smith Scholarship Foundation: Winter 2017 - Present
  • Executive Board Member, Devin Smith Scholarship Foundation: Summer 2012 - Winter 2017
  • Research Committee Co-Chair for Responsible Banking Team, Jewish Community Action: September 2015 - Present
  • Saint Paul Central High School Touring Theater Legacy Team: October 2015 - Present
  • Advocacy Chair, J Street Minnesota: August 2012 - August 2014
  • Bruch, Sarah K., Aaron Rosenthal and Joe Soss. "Unequal Positions: A Relational Approach to Racial Inequality Trends in the U.S. States, 1940-2010." Forthcoming in Social Sciences History
  • Karch, Andrew and Aaron Rosenthal. 2017. “Framing, Engagement and Policy Change: Lessons for the ACA.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 42(2), 341-362.
  • Karch, Andrew and Aaron Rosenthal. 2016. “Vertical Diffusion and the Shifting Politics of Electronic Commerce." State Politics & Policy Quarterly, 16(1), 22-43.
  • Chen, P. G., Appleby, J., Borgida, E., Callaghan, T. H., Ekstrom, P., Farhart, C. E., Housholder, E., Kim, H., Ksiazkiewicz, A., Lavine, H., Luttig, M. D., Mohanty, R., Rosenthal, A., Sheagley, G., Smith, B. A., Vitriol, J. A. and Williams, A. 2014. “The Minnesota Multi-Investigator 2012 Presidential Election Panel Study.” Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. 14(1), 78-104.
  • University of Minnesota Graduate School, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
  • University of Minnesota Foundation Fellowship, Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
  • University of Minnesota Department of Political Science Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fall 2015
  • Woelfl Award, Loyola University Chicago Department of Political Science, in recognition of outstanding achievement in academics and extracurricular activities, May 2011
  • Ignatian Interdisciplinary Honoros Program Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago, August 2007 - May 2011