Busby, Joshua W. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Education
  • 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. Dr. Busby 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). He 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. Dr. Busby is a life member in the Council on Foreign Relations. He received his Ph.D. in political science in 2004 from Georgetown University.

Media Expertise
  • Energy Policy
  • Global civil society
  • Global Public Health
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Environment

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NewsMay 31, 2018
LBJ School professors shine light on Americans’ perception of intelligence agencies

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers explore the proper role of intelligence in democracy.


AUSTIN, Texas (May 31, 2018) –  A new study from professors at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin aims to shed light on Americans’ perception of intelligence agencies, and to test the claim that efforts by these agencies to be more open will enhance democratic legitimacy.

Key findings include:

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Media MentionMay 25, 2018
Trump's NASA Leader Should Explain His 'Evolution' on Climate Change

Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) was sworn in as NASA administrator in April, after facing criticism over his past skepticism of anthropogenic climate change. During a Wednesday meeting of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, however, Bridenstine conceded to Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) that his viewpoint has evolved, and he no longer disputes “that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming.”

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Media MentionApril 2, 2018
Is social movement enough to ignite change in gun laws?

Since the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, state lawmakers have struggled to get new major gun laws passed. Students have been leading the way toward changing that in a social movement that now spans across the world. Josh Busby discusses social movements and their impact. 

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