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. 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
  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Environment


Media MentionJuly 2, 2018
Warming World

LBJ Professor Joshua Busby explains why climate change matters more than anything else. 



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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 29, 2018
Glasnost for US Intelligence: Will Transparency Lead to Increased Public Trust?

Clinical Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Steve Slick and co-author Joshua Busby an Associate Professor also at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, discuss the relationship between U.S. intelligence agency and the Citizens of the United States, and whether an increase in transparency can quell any ill feelings amongst civilians.

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