American Politics, Elections, Voting, Survey Research
American Government and Politics; State and Local Politics and Policy; Ballot Initiatives and Direct Democracy; Public Opinion and Voting Behavior; Parties and Polarization; The Politics of Race and Ethnicity; Political Context; Public Policy Analysis; Political Participation; Election Administration; Research Methods; Polling and Survey Research Design; Survey Experiments; Geographic Information Systems; Spatial Regression; Entropy Weighting · Multilevel Modeling
- Ph D: Government and Politics, (2006), University of Maryland - College Park, Maryland
Fields: American Politics and Public Policy
- MA: Government and Politics , (2004), University of Maryland - College Park, MA
- BA, Cum Laude: Economics/Political Science, (2001), Western Washington University - Bellingham, WA
Joshua J. Dyck is a Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department 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.
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 the award-winning book 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.
Selected Awards and Honors
- Teaching Excellence Award (2020) - University of Massachusetts Lowell
- Virginia Gray Best Book Award (2020) - State Politics and Policy section of the American Political Science Association
- Teaching Excellence Award (2016), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell
- Visiting Scholar (2015) - Center for California Studies, CSUS-Sacramento
- Innovation in Teaching (2013), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell
- Lisa Hertel Outstanding Professor Award (2007), Teaching - University at Buffalo, Political Science Department
- Dyck, Joshua J. & Pearson-Merkowitz, Shanna. The Power of Partisanship. New York: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming. Expected Publication Date: 6/2023.
- Dyck, Joshua J. & Lascher, Edward L., Jr. (2019). Initiatives without Engagement: A Realistic Appraisal of Direct Democracy’s Secondary Effects. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. Publication Date: 3/1/2019.
Awards: Virginia Gray Best Book Award, 2020 (State Politics and Policy Section of APSA)
Reviews: Political Science Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, CHOICE
Press: McCourtney Institute Democracy Works Podcast, New Books in Political Science Podcast, Democracy Paradox Podcast, The Conversation, Salon, The Fulcrum
- Niemi, Richard and Dyck, Joshua J., Editors. (2013). Guide to State Politics and Policy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage/CQ Press. Publication Date: 11/12/2013.
- Dyck, Joshua J. and Johnson, Gregg. (2022). Constructing a New Measure of Macropartisanship by Race and Ethnicity. Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Politics. FirstView article. Open Access. Dataset.
- Santucci, Jack and Dyck, Joshua J. (2022). The Structure of American Political Discontent. Public Opinion Quarterly. Advance articles. Open Access.
- Cluverius, John, and Dyck, Joshua J. (2019). Deconstructing Popular Mythologies about Millennials and Party Identification. The Forum 17(2): 271–294.
- Dyck, Joshua J., Hussey, Wesley, and Lascher, Edward L., Jr. (2019). American State Ballot Initiatives and Income Inequality. Politics and Governance 7(2):380-409.
- Dyck, Joshua J. and Pearson-Merkowitz, Shanna. (2019). Ballot Initiatives and Status Quo Bias. State Politics and Policy Quarterly 19(2):180-207.
- Dyck, Joshua J., Cluverius, John, and Gerson, Jeffrey. (2019). Sports, Science, and Partisanship in the United States: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and the Polarisation of an Apolitical Issue. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics 11(1):133-152.
- Dyck, Joshua J., Pearson-Merkowitz, Shanna, and Coates, Michael. (2018). Primary Distrust: Political Distrust and Support for the Insurgent Candidacies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Primary. PS: Political Science and Politics 51(2):351-357.
- Pearson-Merkowitz, Shanna and Dyck, Joshua J. (2017). Crime and Partisanship: How Party ID Muddles Reality, Perception and Policy Attitudes on Crime and Guns. Social Science Quarterly 98(2): 443-454.
- Pearson-Merkowitz, Shanna, Filindra, Alexandra, and. Dyck, Joshua J. (2016). When Partisans and Minorities Interact: Interpersonal Contact, Partisanship and Public Opinion Preferences on Immigration Policy. Social Science Quarterly 97(2):311-324.
- Seabrook, Nicholas R., Dyck, Joshua J. and Lascher, Edward L., Jr. (2015). Do Ballot Initiatives Increase General Political Knowledge? Political Behavior 37(2):279-307.
- Dyck, Joshua J. and Pearson-Merkowitz, Shanna. (2014). To Know You is Not Necessarily to Love You: The Partisan Mediators of Intergroup Contact. Political Behavior 36(3):553-580.
- Dyck, Joshua J. and Pearson-Merkowitz, Shanna. (2012). The Conspiracy of Silence: Context and Voting on Gay Marriage Ballot Measures. Political Research Quarterly 65(4):745-757.
- Dyck, Joshua J. (2012). Racial Threat, Direct Legislation, and Social Trust: Taking Tyranny Seriously in Studies of the Ballot Initiative. Political Research Quarterly 65(3):617-630.
- Dyck, Joshua J., Johnson, Gregg B. and Wasson, Jesse T. (2012). A Blue Tide in the Golden State: Ballot Propositions, Population Change and Party Identification in California. American Politics Research 40(3):450-475.
- Dyck, Joshua J. and Hagley, Annika. (2012). Political Geography, Direct Democracy, and the Reasoning Voter: Spatial Proximity, Symbolic Politics, and Voting on California’s Proposition 83. Politics and Policy 40(2):195-220. Lead Article.
- Dyck, Joshua J. and Baldassare, Mark. (2012). The Limits of Citizen Support for Direct Democracy. California Journal of Politics and Policy 4(1):1-20.
- Dyck, Joshua J. (2010). Political Distrust and Conservative Voting in Ballot Measure Elections. Political Research Quarterly 63(3):612-626.
- Dyck, Joshua J. and Seabrook, Nicholas R. (2010). Mobilized by Direct Democracy: Short-term versus Long-term Effects and the Geography of Turnout in Ballot Measure Elections. Social Science Quarterly 91(1):189-208.
- Dyck, Joshua J., Gaines, Brian and Shaw, Daron R. (2009). The Effect of Local Political Contexts on How Americans Vote. American Politics Research 37(6):1088-1115.
- Dyck, Joshua J. and Baldassare, Mark. (2009). Process Preferences and Voting in Direct Democratic Elections. Public Opinion Quarterly 73(3):551-65.
- Dyck, Joshua J. and Lascher, Edward L., Jr. (2009). Direct Democracy and Political Efficacy Reconsidered. Political Behavior 31(3):401-27.
- Dyck, Joshua J. (2009). Initiated Distrust: Direct Democracy and Trust in Government. American Politics Research 37(4):539-68. Lead Article.
- Dyck, Joshua J. and Hussey, Laura. (2008). The End of Welfare as We Know It? Durable Attitudes in a Changing Information Environment. Public Opinion Quarterly 72(4):589-618. Lead Article.
- Gimpel, James G., Dyck, Joshua J. and Shaw, Daron R. (2007). Election Year Stimuli and the Timing of Voter Registration. Party Politics 13(3):347-370.
- Gimpel, James G., Dyck, Joshua J. and Shaw, Daron R. (2006). Location, Knowledge, and Time Pressures in the Spatial Structure of Convenience Voting. Electoral Studies 25(1):35-58.
- Cho, Wendy K. Tam, Gimpel, James G. and Dyck, Joshua J. (2006). Residential Concentration, Political Socialization and Voter Turnout. Journal of Politics 68(1):156-67.
- Dyck, Joshua J. and Gimpel, James G. (2005). Distance, Turnout, and the Convenience of Voting. Social Science Quarterly 86(3):531-48. Lead Article.
- Gimpel, James G., Dyck, Joshua J. and Shaw, Daron R. (2004). Registrants, Voters, and Turnout Variability Across Neighborhoods. Political Behavior 26(4):343-75.