Joshua Yesnowitz

Joshua Yesnowitz

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Joshua Yesnowitz joined the Department of Political Science as assistant professor. He received a Ph.D. in political science from Boston University and has served as a visiting assistant professor at Clarkson University and William College. He specializes in American political and intellectual development, with a particular focus on the politics of higher education, social movements, minority politics, and youth political engagement. 

Teaching Experience 
Clarkson University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science (2016-2018)
Williams College, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science (2015-2016)

Course Offerings
Introductory Courses in US Politics; Intermediate Courses in Research Methods; Advanced-Level Courses in Social Movements, Race, Class, and Gender, and the Politics of Higher Education
Current Research
My research focuses on American political and intellectual development with an emphasis on higher education theory and policy, democratic citizenship, social movements, minority politics, and youth civic engagement. I am presently in the process of completing a book project which examines institutional change and the historically-contingent role of American higher education in student political socialization.

2015. African Americans in U.S. Foreign Policy: From the Era of Frederick Douglass to the Age of Obama. (The New Black Studies Series). Co-edited with Allison Blakely, Linda Heywood, and Charles Stith. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.
2014. “The One Fund Boston: Lessons for Leaders.” City Insight Case Study. Katharine Lusk, ed. Boston: Boston University Initiative on Cities. 
2013. Agitation with a Smile: Howard Zinn’s Legacies and the Future of Activism. Co-edited with Stephen Bird and Adam Silver. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
2006. “A Normative Turn in Political Science?” Polity: The Journal of the Northeastern Political Science Association 38:1 (January), 101-133 (with John Gerring).


Ph.D, Boston University, Political Science
M.A., Boston College, Political Science
B.A., Skidmore College, American Studies & Government