Joshua Busby

Nonresident Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy

Areas of expertise: Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy, Public Opinion


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 MA 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 US 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 US-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 Security, Perspectives on Politics, Security Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Current History, and Problems of Post-Communism, among other publications.



Coming Together or Coming Apart?

Coming Together or Coming Apart?

, By Joshua Busby, Nonresident Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy; Craig Kafura, Assistant Director, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy; Dina Smeltz, Senior Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy; Jordan Tama, Associate Professor of International Relations, School of International Service, American University; Joshua D. Kertzer, Paul Sack Associate Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University; And other participants

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