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Joshua W. Busby

Associate Professor of Public Affairs

Contact Info

SRH 3.353

Office Hours

Fall 2016-Spring 2017 on leave

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Joshua Busby is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs and a fellow in the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service as well as a Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. He originally joined the LBJ School faculty in fall 2006 as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer.

Prior to coming to UT, Dr. Busby was a research fellow at the Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School (2005-2006), the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s JFK School (2004-2005), and the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution (2003-2004). He defended his dissertation with distinction in summer 2004 from Georgetown University, where he also earned his M.A. in 2002.

His first book entitled Moral Movements and Foreign Policy was published by Cambridge University Press in July 2010. In his book, Busby seeks to explain why some countries are willing to take on new international commitments championed by principled advocacy groups and others are not. Substantively, he explores the politics of climate change, developing country debt relief, HIV/AIDS, and the International Criminal Court in selected country cases in the advanced industrialized world.

His second book AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations with Ethan Kapstein was published by Cambridge University Press in fall 2013. The book is the winner of the 2014 Don K. Price award, APSA’s prize for the best book on science, technology, and environmental politics. This book seeks to explain the conditions under which social movements can transform markets to achieve to their ends.

Busby is the author of several studies on climate change, national security, and energy policy from the Council on Foreign Relations, the Brookings Institution, the German Marshall Fund, and CNAS. Busby is one of the lead researchers in the Strauss Center project on Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS), a $7.6 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. He is also the principal investigator of a Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia, a 3-year $1.9 million project, also funded by the Department of Defense. He has also written on U.S.-China relations on climate change for CNAS, Resources for the Future, and the Paulson Institute.

Busby is a Life Member in the Council on Foreign Relations. His works have appeared in Political Geography, International SecurityPerspectives on Politics, Security Studies, International Studies Quarterly,Current History, and Problems of Post-Communism, among other publications.

Busby served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador (1997-1999), worked in Nicaragua (Summer 1994, Spring 1996), and consulted for the Inter-American Development Bank (2000). Prior to working with the Peace Corps, he was a Marshall Scholar at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England), where he completed a second B.A. (with Honors) in Development Studies (1993-1995). He completed his first B.A. (with Highest Distinction) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Political Science and Biology.


Ph.D., M.A., Georgetown University

Current Positions

Fellow, RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law; Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations

Previous Positions

Research fellow, Center for Globalization and Governance, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University (2005-2006); research fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2004-2005);

Author, Moral Movements and Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2010);
Author, “Making Markets for Merit Goods: The Political Economy of Antiretrovirals” with Ethan Kapstein. (Global Policy January 2010);
Author, “Feeding Insecurity? Weak States, Poverty, and Climate Change,” chapter in Confronting Poverty: Weak States and U.S. National Security, Susan Rice, Corinne Graff, and Carlos Pascual, editors, (the Brookings Institution 2009);
Author, China and Climate Change: A Strategy for U.S. Engagement (Resources for the Future, November 2010).


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