Jake Haselswerdt

Jake Haselswerdt
Working Title
Assistant Professor, Political Science
People Type
301 Professional Bldg.

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 Journal of Politics; Political Research Quarterly; the Journal of Public Policy, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; American Politics Research; and Publius, the Journal of Federalism.

His research focuses on the politics of public policy in the United States.  He is specifically interested in the political causes and consequences of policy choice and implementation in the realms of health, social welfare 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 do health policy changes affect political engagement and participation? How does policy design shape the way the public thinks about that policy and the people who benefit from it?).  He is also working on 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.

Courses Taught

Research Methods – Mid Career (PA 8185)

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

Selected Publications

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.

Katharine W.V. Bradley and Jake Haselswerdt. 2018. “Who Lobbies the Lobbyists?  State Medicaid Bureaucrats’ Engagement in the Legislative Process.” Journal of Public Policy 38(1): 83-111.

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.

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