Josh Franco, M.A.

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My Statement of Research

I have a broad set of research interests in American Politics, Congressional Politics, and pedagogy.

American/Congressional Politics

My American/Congressional Politics research focuses on how the U.S. Congress structures the Judiciary, specifically the organization of the lower District Courts.

I argue that states, acting as proxies for lower federal District Courts, with representatives on the Senate and House Judiciary Committees are more likely to obtain judicial institutions, like seats, meeting places, and courthouses, than states without such representation.

Judicial Institutions Over Time


My pedagogy research centers on how undergraduate students learn social scientific skills, such as critically reading peer-reviewed journal articles, and develop applied skills, like conducting data, policy, or geographic information systems analyses.

Additionally, I am analyzing how political science program learning outcomes are conceptualized and operationalized in 2-year teaching institutions and 4-year research- and non-research intensive institutions.


My research methods training is diverse and includes research design, statistics, econometrics, experimental design, game theory, social network analysis, agent-based modeling, and geographic information systems.

I strongly favor a multi-method approach to social science research because I equally value qualitative and quantitative approaches to social scientific inquiry.