Ph.D. Candidate, History and Sociology, University of Michigan
M.S., Journalism, Ohio University
B.S., Journalism, Ohio University
Current Projects with Burgard:
Dr. Burgard serves on Josh’s dissertation committee, advising his public opinion data analysis, which examines the relationships between economic conditions, personal attitudes, and political behavior related to taxes.
Josh’s dissertation charts the puzzling path of U.S. economic politics and policy from the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s and examines how the era’s economic crises and the intertwined issues of taxation and inflation contributed to dramatic political party and issue realignment.
Josh is currently on fellowship conducting his dissertation research, which has been supported by grants from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, the Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum, the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, and the University of Michigan’s departments of History and Sociology.
Prior to enrolling at the University of Michigan, Josh wrote for several news publications, including a Youngstown, Ohio, daily and a Cleveland weekly. Though he’s no longer a professional journalist, he still enjoys reviewing albums for smaller music magazines.