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 political inequality in the U.S., in Canada, and in Europe. Her new book, Who Speaks for the Poor? (2017, Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics), is about which groups – whose interests – are represented by political parties. It develops a general theoretical argument about how changes in electoral geography, or the way in which groups are distributed across electoral districts, create incentives for political entrepreneurs to form new parties. Especially when newly pivotal groups have been excluded from local partisan networks, political entrepreneurs will craft party platforms that represent the interests of these groups. What matters, then, for the political representation of a particular group in society is whether it has been favored by changes in electoral geography.

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, as part of a European Science Foundation Collaborative Research Program, and the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences at Stanford.

Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Mentoring Faculty in Residence, Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models, University of California, Berkeley (2010 - 2010)

Honors & Awards


  • Faculty Fellowship, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS), Stanford University (2014-2016)
  • W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellowship, Hoover Institution, Stanford University (2011-2012)
  • APSA’s Harold D. Lasswell Award for the Best Dissertation in the Field of Public Policy, APSA (2010)
  • Faculty Fellowship (with Jonathan Rodden), Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS), Stanford University (2008-2010)
  • Visiting Fellowship (University College Dublin), Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Development Initiative (2008)
  • Center for the Study of Democratic Politics Predoctoral Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University (2006-2007)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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


  • Council Member, For the American Political Science Association: Representation and Electoral Systems Section. (2016 - Present)
  • Council Member, For the American Political Science Association: Public Policy Section. (2016 - Present)
  • Council Member, For the American Political Science Association: Comparative Politics Section (2016 - Present)
  • Section Secretary, For the American Political Science Association: Class and Inequality Section (2016 - Present)
  • Committee Chair, Committee Member, For the American Political Science Association: Best Paper in Comparative Public Policy. (2016 - 2017)
  • Program Committee, For the Southern Political Science Association: Class and Inequality, 2016. (2016 - 2016)
  • Member, For the Political Methodology Society: Graduate Student Poster Award Committee (2015 - Present)
  • Member, For the American Political Science Association: Riker Book Award Committee (2013 - 2013)
  • Co-ordinator (with Jonathan Rodden), Comparative Politics Workshop, Stanford University (2012 - 2014)
  • Member, For the American Political Science Association: Comparative Politics Data Set Award Committee (2012 - 2012)
  • Member, For the Midwest Political Science Association: President and Council Nomination Committee (2011 - 2011)
  • Member, Ad-hoc Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Stanford University (2010 - 2010)
  • Member, For the Midwest Political Science Association: Best Paper in Comparative Politics Award Committee (2010 - 2010)
  • Collaborator, Canadian Election Study, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Elections Canada (2009 - 2013)
  • Comparative Politics Field Convener, Stanford University (2009 - 2010)
  • Member, Curriculum Development Committee, Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University (2009 - 2010)
  • Co-ordinator (with Jonathan Rodden), Methods of Analysis Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) Seminar Series, Stanford University (2009 - 2009)
  • Member, For the Society for Political Methodology: Graduate Student Poster Award Committee (2009 - 2009)
  • Co-ordinator (with Jonathan Rodden), Comparative Politics Workshop, Stanford University (2008 - 2010)
  • Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, Stanford University (2008 - 2010)
  • Member, International Relations and Comparative Politics Search Committee (Junior and Senior), Stanford University (2008 - 2009)
  • Member, For the Society for Political Methodology: Graduate Student Poster Award Committee (2008 - 2008)

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


  • Are We Providing Enough to Those Who Have Too Little? Measuring Poverty Relief Political Science Research and Methods Jusko, K. L., Weisshaar, K. 2017

    View details for DOI 10.1017/psrm.2017.27

  • Who Speaks for the Poor? Electoral Geography, Party Entry, and Representation Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Jusko, K. L. Cambridge University Press. 2017
  • Electoral geography and redistributive politics JOURNAL OF THEORETICAL POLITICS Jusko, K. L. 2015; 27 (2): 269-287
  • 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