Jake Haselswerdt

Jake Haselswerdt
Working Title
Associate Professor, Political Science
People Type
615 Locust Street

PhD from George Washington University

Research Emphasis

Health policy

Social welfare

Public opinion

The politics of policy


Jake Haselswerdt (Assistant Professor) has been with the Truman School 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. His work has been published in The American Political Science Review; The Journal of Politics; Perspectives on Politics; Political Behavior; the Journal of Public Policy; the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; Administration & Society; and more.

His 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. He is also interested in the politics of Medicaid expansions, including via ballot initiative.

Courses Taught

Research Methods–Mid Career (PA 8185)

Public Policy/Policy Process (PS 9310/PA 9170)

Selected Publications

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

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

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

Sarah Gollust and Jake Haselswerdt, editors. 2019. Special Issue on Health and Political Participation. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 44(3).

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

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

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

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

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