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, especially health and social policy, in the United States.  These interests encompass several different strands of work spanning the study of institutions and behavior.  One strand examines how people’s experiences with health, economic instability, and public policy shape their political participation. Another investigates the reasons that people assume public policies like Medicaid or cash welfare benefit specific groups of people, like immigrants or African-Americans, and not others. I am also interested in the politics of Medicaid expansions, including via ballot initiative.


Public Policy (PhD)
Research in Policy and Administration (PhD)
Linear Models (PhD)
Research Methods and Inquiry in Public Affairs – Mid Career (TSPA)
US Health Policy and Politics (undergraduate)
Public Policy (undergraduate)
American Government (undergraduate)

Selected Publications: 

“Carving Out: Isolating the True Effect of Self-Interest on Policy Attitudes.” 2020. The American Political Science Review. doi:10.1017/S0003055420000465

“Who Benefits? Race, Immigration, and Assumptions about Policy.” 2020. Political Behavior. doi:10.1007/s11109-020-09608-3

“Social Welfare Attitudes and Immigrants as a Target Population: Experimental Evidence.” Forthcoming. Perspectives on Politics.

Guest editor, Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law special issue on Health and Political Participation (with Sarah Gollust). 2019.

“Disenrolled: Retrenchment and Voting in Health Policy.” (with Jamila Michener). 2019. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 44(3): 423-454.

“Information, Knowledge and Attitudes: An Evaluation of the Taxpayer Receipt.” (with Lucy Barnes, Avi Feller, and Ethan Porter). 2018.  The Journal of Politics 80(2): 701-706.

“Expanding Medicaid, Expanding the Electorate: The Affordable Care Act’s Short-Term Impact on Political Participation.” 2017. The Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 42(4): 667-695.

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

“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.