Jake Haselswerdt

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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.

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 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


  • PhD from George Washington University

Selected Publications

  • Who Lobbies the Lobbyists? State Medicaid Bureaucrats’ Engagement in the Legislative Process
    Katharine W.V. Bradley and Jake Haselswerdt

    Journal of Public Policy, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0143814X16000246


  • Expanding Medicaid, Expanding the Electorate: The Affordable Care Act’s Short-Term Impact on Political Participation
    Jake Haselswerdt

    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
    Jake Haselswerdt, Brandon Bartels

    Political Research Quarterly 68(3): 607-621

  • The Lifespan of a Tax Break: Comparing the Durability of Tax Expenditures and Spending Programs
    Jake Haselswerdt

     American Politics Research 42(5): 731-759.

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