Busby, Joshua W. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D., Georgetown University
  • M.A., Georgetown University
Research Areas
  • Social Movements
  • Climate Change
  • Global Health
Teaching Areas
  • Policy Process and Institutions
  • Environmental and Energy Policy
  • Social Policy
  • Development Policy

Joshua Busby is a distinguished scholar at the Strauss Center, nonresident fellow with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and a senior research fellow at the Center for Climate & Security. He has published widely on climate change, global health, transnational advocacy movements and U.S. foreign policy for various think tanks and academic journals, including International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies and Perspectives on Politics. His first book, Moral Movements and Foreign Policy, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. His second book, AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations, with co-author Ethan Kapstein, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013 and won the 2014 Don K. Price Award (the American Political Science Association's award for the best book on science, technology and environmental politics).

Dr. Busby was one of the lead researchers on a five-year, $7.6 million project funded by the Department of Defense called "Climate Change and African Political Stability" (CCAPS). He is the principal investigator of another DOD-funded project, "Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia" (CEPSA) — a three-year, $1.9 million grant. He is a life member in the Council on Foreign Relations. He received his Ph.D. in political science in 2004 from Georgetown University.

Courses Taught
Media Expertise
  • Energy Policy
  • Global civil society
  • Global Public Health
  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Environment


Media MentionNovember 3, 2020
Americans want to engage the world

"Is the U.S. foreign policy establishment really out of touch with the American public? To answer this question, we recently surveyed more than 800 members of the U.S. foreign policy elite, including executive branch officials, congressional staff, think tank scholars, academics, journalists, and employees of internationally oriented interest groups. Together, these foreign policy opinion leaders play a large role in foreign policy debates, shaping agendas, opinion, and, ultimately, the policy decisions of the U.S. government."

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Media MentionSeptember 28, 2020
The world is getting serious about climate. Is it too late?

Climate Week, the annual carbon-cutting confab in New York City, long has been a time for governments and companies to announce their green ambitions. But even by its own standards, this year's edition seemed to reflect a new sense of urgency to address a warming planet. "Other countries like Brazil and Australia got political cover to reverse policies under Trump," said Joshua Busby, a professor of public affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. "Even China faced less pressure to up ambition. Subnational action can't fully compensate for loss of federal momentum."

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Media MentionApril 26, 2020
What international relations tells us about COVID-19

"The emergence of a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19) in 2019 may be the most consequential event of the early 21st century, upending modern life, globalization and relations between countries," writes LBJ's Joshua Busby in this essay about assessing the pandemic through the lens of international relations.

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