Jake Haselswerdt

Jake Haselswerdt
Assistant Professor
Public Policy and Administration
301 Prof. Bldg.
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Jake Haselswerdt (Assistant Professor) has been with the department since 2016.  Prior to joining the department, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan.  He also worked in U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer’s office through the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship Program.  He completed his Ph.D. at George Washington University.


My research focuses on the politics of public policy in the United States.  I am specifically interested in the political causes and consequences of policy choice and implementation in the substantive realms of health, social and tax policy.  These interests encompass several different strands of work spanning the study of institutions and behavior.  One deals with understanding the reasons for policy outcomes (e.g., why have some states chosen to cooperate with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act [ACA], while others have not?).  Another examines the political consequences of policy enactments and policy design choices (e.g, how has ACA implementation affected political engagement and participation? How does policy design shape the way the public thinks about that policy and the people who benefit from it?).  Recently, I have also begun projects on the role of self-interest in attitudes about social policies like Medicare and student debt relief and on the potential of research on health outcomes to influence the policy process in other areas, like economic policy.

  • Public Policy (graduate)
  • Research Methods and Inquiry in Public Affairs – Mid Career (TSPA)
Selected Publications: 

“Expanding Medicaid, Expanding the Electorate: The Affordable Care Act’s Short-Term Impact on Political Participation.” Forthcoming. The Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

“Who Lobbies the Lobbyists?  State Medicaid Bureaucrats’ Engagement in the Legislative Process.” (with Katharine Bradley) Forthcoming.  Journal of Public Policy.

“Public Opinion, Policy Tools, and the Status Quo:  Evidence from a Survey Experiment.” (with Brandon Bartels). 2015. Political Research Quarterly 68(3): 607-621.

“The Lifespan of a Tax Break: Comparing the Durability of Tax Expenditures and Spending Programs.” 2014. American Politics Research 42(5): 731-759.

"Hybrid Federalism, Partisan Politics, and Early Implementation of State Health Insurance Exchanges.” (with Elizabeth Rigby). 2013. Publius: The Journal of Federalism 43(3): 368-391.