Bio


Karen Jusko is an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University, and a faculty affiliate of Stanford's Europe Center and the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality.

Jusko's research is motivated by questions about the origins of contemporary democratic politics in the U.S., and in Europe. Drawing on survey research and historical census data, Jusko's current book project ties the different components of democratic representation -- participation, party politics, and the policy-making process -- to legislators' and political parties' electoral incentives. Specifically, Jusko draws attention to the ways in which the geographic distributions of different income groups and legislative seats across electoral districts shape legislators' and parties' incentives to craft responsive policy. This research builds on Jusko's dissertation, which was awarded the Harold D. Laswell Prize for the best dissertation in the field of public policy by the Policy Studies Organization and the APSA Public Policy Organized Section.

Jusko received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She has been a National Hoover fellow, and a fellow at the Center for the Study Democratic Politics, at Princeton University. Jusko's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the European Science Foundation, and the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences at Stanford.

Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Stanford University. (2009 - Present)
  • Assistant Professor (Subject to PhD), Department of Political Science, Stanford University. (2007 - 2008)
  • W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellowship, Hoover Institution, Stanford University (2011 - 2012)
  • Mentoring Faculty in Residence, Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models, University of California, Berkeley (2010 - 2010)
  • Visiting Fellowship (University College Dublin), Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Development Initiative (2008 - 2009)
  • Faculty Fellowship (with Jonathan Rodden), Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS), Stanford University (2008 - 2010)
  • Center for the Study of Democratic Politics Predoctoral Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University (2006 - 2006)
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (2003 - 2004)
  • Federalism and Federations Doctoral Fellowship Supplement, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (2003 - 2004)

Honors & Awards


  • APSA’s Harold D. Lasswell Award for the Best Dissertation in the Field of Public Policy, APSA (2010)
  • Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM) Poster Prize, Honorable Mention, (Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meetings). National Science Foundation (NSF) (2006)
  • EITM Poster Prize (Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meetings), National Science Foundation (NSF) (2004)
  • Father Robert Madden Award, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto (2000)
  • Gordon Cressy Leadership Award, University of Toronto Alumni Association (2000)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Collaborator, Canadian Election Study, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Elections Canada (2009 - 2013)
  • Reviewer, American Journal of Political Science
  • Reviewer, American Political Science Review
  • Reviewer, Canadian Journal of Political Science
  • Reviewer, Comparative Political Studies
  • Reviewer, European Union Politics
  • Reviewer, Journal of Politics
  • Reviewer, International Political Science Review
  • Reviewer, Taylor & Francis
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Public Opinion Research
  • Reviewer, Journal of Development Economics
  • Reviewer, Journal of Politics
  • Reviewer, Political Analysis
  • Reviewer, Political Behavior
  • Reviewer, Quarterly Journal of Political Science
  • Reviewer, World Politics
  • Member, Ad-hoc Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Stanford University (2010 - 2010)
  • Member, International Relations and Comparative Politics Search Committee (Junior and Senior), Stanford University (2008 - 2009)
  • Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, Stanford University (2008 - 2010)
  • Co-ordinator (with Jonathan Rodden), Comparative Politics Workshop, Stanford University (2008 - 2010)
  • Co-ordinator (with Jonathan Rodden), Comparative Politics Workshop, Stanford University (2012 - 2014)
  • Co-ordinator (with Jonathan Rodden), Methods of Analysis Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) Seminar Series, Stanford University (2009 - 2009)
  • Member, Curriculum Development Committee, Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University (2009 - 2010)
  • Comparative Politics Field Convener, Stanford University (2009 - 2010)
  • Member, For the Society for Political Methodology: Graduate Student Poster Award Committee (2008 - 2008)
  • Member, For the Society for Political Methodology: Graduate Student Poster Award Committee (2009 - 2009)
  • Member, For the Midwest Political Science Association: President and Council Nomination Committee (2011 - 2011)
  • Member, For the Midwest Political Science Association: Best Paper in Comparative Politics Award Committee (2010 - 2010)
  • Member, For the American Political Science Association: Comparative Politics Data Set Award Committee (2012 - 2012)
  • Member, For the American Political Science Association: Riker Book Award Committee (2013 - 2013)

Professional Education


  • Honors Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Specialist in Political Science, minor in History (2000)
  • Visiting graduate student, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, Department of Politics (2004)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Political Science (2008)

2017-18 Courses


All Publications


  • Methodological Challenges Research Opportunities and Questions for the Future The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems Jusko, K. L., Howell, D. edited by Klingemann, H. New York: Oxford University Press. 2009
  • Political-Economic Cycles Oxford Handbook of Political Economy Jusko, K. L., Franzese, R. edited by Witten, D., Weingast, B. New York: Oxford University Press. 2006
  • Applying a two-step strategy to the analysis of cross-national public opinion data Conference on Analysis of Multilevel Data Jusko, K. L., Shively, W. P. OXFORD UNIV PRESS. 2005: 327–44

    View details for DOI 10.1093/pan/mpi030

    View details for Web of Science ID 000231826400003

  • Strategies for Analysis of Multi-Country Individual-Level Data Comparative Politics Newsletter Jusko, K. L., Kedar, O., Shively, W. P. 2005; 16 (2)
  • Canadian Public Opinion: Patterns of Consensus Among Canada’s Regional Communities Encyclopedia of Public Opinion Research Jusko, K. L. edited by Geer, J. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. 2004
  • “Spearman-Brown Correlation,” “Systematic Error,” and “Unit of Analysis.” Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods Jusko, K. . edited by Beck, M. L., Bryman, A., Liao, T. F. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 2004