American Politics, Parties and Interest Groups, Public Policy
American Politics; Public Opinion, Elections and Voting Behavior; State Politics; The Politics of Race and Ethnicity; Direct Democracy; Political Parties and Polarization
Joshua J. Dyck is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Public Opinion at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he has been on faculty since 2012. He received his bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and both his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland. Dyck was previously Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Buffalo, SUNY and a Dissertation Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.
Professor Dyck teaches classes in the American Politics and Political Communication subfields in Political Science and also in the Master’s in Public Administration Program. He teaches Introduction to American Politics, Electoral Politics, Parties and Interest Groups, Survey Research, Political Participation, and the MPA seminar in Public Policy Analysis.
He is the author of Initiatives without Engagement: A realistic appraisal of direct democracy’s secondary effects, 2019, University of Michigan Press, with Edward L. Lascher, Jr. and more than two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles. The largest subsection of his research is on both the primary and secondary effects of the ballot initiative process in the American states where he is known as a leading skeptic of participatory democratic theory and has published extensively about the false hope of electoral institutional reform. As Director of UMass Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion, Dyck has also been the force behind more than twenty polling projects since 2012, including collaborations with the Washington Post and Boston Globe and polls he directed have been covered in the following outlets: The New York Times, CNN, The Guardian, The Associate Press, The Associated Foreign Press, Yahoo News, Reuters, Time, The Globe and Mail, NBC News, MSNBC, USA Today, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, The Hill, and many others.