Joshua A. Basseches is the David and Jane Flowerree Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Environmental Studies at Tulane University.
Basseches’ research and teaching focus on energy and climate policy and politics in the U.S. states, where most of the action in these policy areas has taken place thus far. He examines the roles of business interests, environmental and consumer advocacy organizations, and state-level policymakers in shaping the content and design of the policies that have emerged. He is especially interested in the role of investor-owned utilities, and how the unique aspects of their business model and regulatory considerations affect their policy preferences when it comes to state-level renewable energy policy. He co-chairs the State Politics Working Group of the Climate Social Science Network.
Basseches has also been involved in collaborative research projects on environmental justice issues, public opinion about and media framing of climate and energy policy, state-level incarceration policy, and business-government relations.
His research has been published in peer-reviewed outlets such as Climatic Change, Mobilization, and Research in Political Sociology, and has been supported by the American Political Science Association and the Climate Social Science Network, among others. His commentary has appeared in Grist magazine and The Washington Wire, among other outlets.