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Joe Ura

I am Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M University at Qatar. I earned my Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I completed my M.A. and B.A. in political science at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

My research addresses American national politics, especially judicial politics, public opinion, and political representation. My co-authors and I have contributed articles to the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and other peer-reviewed journals in political science. I teach a variety of courses including Texas A&M's core curriculum classes in American government and state politics, the Texas A&M political science major's required core course, Foundations of Political Science; and graduate seminars on American politics and political institutions.

I have won the Association of Former Students Award for Teaching Excellence in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M, the Texas A&M Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence, the Student Undergraduate Teaching Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Earle Wallace Award for outstanding teaching by a graduate student in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

I previously served as Chair of the Liberal Arts Program for Texas A&M University at Qatar as well as Associate Head, Director of Undergraduate Programs, and Director of the American Politics Program for the political science department at Texas A&M. In 2017 and 2018, I was a Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Fellow, and in 2016 and 2017, I was a Faculty Administrative Fellow in Texas A&M's College of Liberal Arts.

Peer Reviewed Articles and Chapters

Ura, Joseph Daniel, and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. 2021 (online preprint date). Greater Public Confidence in the US Supreme Court Predicts More Jurisdiction Stripping. Political Science Research and Methods doi: 10.1017/psrm.2021.14.

Pedraza, Francisco I. and Joseph Daniel Ura. 2021. Latinos' Knowledge of the Supreme Court. Journal of Law and Courts 9(1): 27-48.

Ellis, Christopher R. and Joseph Daniel Ura. 2020. Polarization and the Decline of Economic Voting in American National Elections. Social Science Quarterly (Copyright 2020 Christopher R. Ellis and Joseph Daniel Ura)

Haglin, Kathryn, Soren Jordan, Alison Higgins Merrill, and Joseph Daniel Ura. 2020. Ideology and Specific Support for the Supreme Court. Political Research Quarterly 74(4): 955-969. (Copyright 2020 University of Utah)

Rogers, James R., and Joseph Daniel Ura. 2020. A Majoritarian Basis for Judicial Countermajoritarianism. Journal of Theoretical Politics 32(3): 435-459. (Copyright 2020 James R. Rogers and Joseph Daniel Ura)

Conway, Nicholas J., Soren Jordan, and Joseph Daniel Ura. 2018. Courts and Issue Attention in Canada. Social Science Quarterly 99(4): 1324-1348. (Copyright 2018 Southwestern Social Science Association)

Acevedo, Delia N., Carlie Fogleman, and Joseph Daniel Ura. 2017. Peasants and Bankers: Education, Consumer Sentiment, and Presidential Approval. Presidential Studies Quarterly 47(2): 230-244. (Copyright 2017 Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress)

Ura, Joseph Daniel and Carla M. Flink. 2016. Experience Counts: The Chief Justice, Management Tenure, and Strategic Behavior on the U.S. Supreme Court. Research and Politics 3(2): DOI: 10.1177/2053168016644464. (Copyright 2016 Joseph Daniel Ura and Carla M. Flink)

Ura, Joseph Daniel and Carla M. Flink. 2016. Managing the Supreme Court: The Chief Justice, Management, and Consensus. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 26(2): 185-196. (Copyright 2016 Oxford University Press)

Hall, Matthew E.K. and Joseph Daniel Ura. 2015. Judicial Majoritarianism. Journal of Politics 77(3): 818-832. (Copyright 2015 Southern Political Science Association)

Ura, Joseph Daniel. 2014. Backlash and Legitimation: Macro Political Responses to Supreme Court Decisions. American Journal of Political Science 58(1): 110-126. (Copyright 2013 Midwest Political Science Association)

Manzano, Sylvia and Joseph Daniel Ura. 2013. Desperately Seeking Sonia?: Latino Heterogeneity and Geographic Variation in Web Searches for Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Political Communication 30(1): 81-99. (Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis Group)

Taylor-Robinson, Michelle M., and Joseph Daniel Ura. 2013. Public Opinion and Conflict in the Separation of Powers: Understanding the Honduran Coup of 2009. Journal of Theoretical Politics 25(1): 105-127. (Copyright 2012 Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson and Joseph Daniel Ura)

Ura, Joseph Daniel and Christopher R. Ellis. 2012. Partisan Moods: Polarization and the Dynamics of Mass Party Preferences. Journal of Politics 74(1): 277-291. (Copyright 2012 Southern Political Science Association)

Ellis, Christopher R. and Joseph Daniel Ura. 2011. United We Divide? Education, Income, and Heterogeneity in Mass Partisan Polarization. in Peter Enns and Christopher Wlezien eds. Who Gets Represented? New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 61-92.

Ura, Joseph Daniel and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. 2010. "An Appeal to the People": Public Opinion and Congressional Support for the Supreme Court. Journal of Politics 72(4): 939-956. (Copyright 2010 Southern Political Science Association)

Sill, Kaitlyn L., Joseph Daniel Ura, and Stacia L. Haynie. 2010. Strategic Passing and Opinion Assignment on the Burger Court. Justice System Journal. 31(2): 164-179. (Copyright 2010 National Center for State Courts)

Ura, Joseph Daniel. 2009. The Supreme Court and Issue Attention: The Case of Homosexuality. Political Communication 26(4): 430-446. (Copyright 2009 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC)

Ura, Joseph Daniel and Christopher R. Ellis. 2008. Income, Preferences, and the Dynamics of Policy Responsiveness. PS: Political Science and Politics 41(4): 785-794. (Copyright 2008 American Political Science Association)

Ellis, Christopher R., Joseph Daniel Ura, and Jenna Ashley-Robinson. 2006. The Dynamic Consequences of Nonvoting in American National Elections. Political Research Quarterly 59(2): 227-233. (Copyright 2006 University of Utah)

Articles in Law Reviews

Ura, Joseph Daniel Ura. 2021. Majoritarian Judicial Review: Deference and the Political Construction of Judicial Power. George Mason Law Review 29: 537-555.

Merrill, Alison Higgins, Nicholas D. Conway, and Joseph Daniel Ura. 2017. Confidence and Constraint: Public Opinion, Judicial Independence, and the Roberts Court. Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 54: 209-228.

Editor-Reviewed Articles and Chapters

Ura, Joseph Daniel and Alison Higgins Merrill. Courts and Public Opinion. 2017. in Oxford Handbook of U.S. Judicial Behavior, Lee Epstein and Stefanie Lindquist eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 342-359.

Ura, Joseph Daniel. 2014. The Placement of Conflict: The Supreme Court and Issue Attention in the National Media. in Covering the Court in the Digital Age, Richard Davis ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 153-172. (Copyright 2014 Cambridge University Press and Joseph Daniel Ura)

Ura, Joseph Daniel and Erica M. Socker. 2011. The Behavioral Political Economy of Budget Deficits: How Starve the Beast Policies Feed the Machine. The Forum 9(2): Article 7. (Copyright 2011 Berkeley Electronic Press)

Other Publications

Ura, Joseph Daniel, and Sean M. Theriault. Strong Political Institutions Can Uphold Democracy, Even if People Can't Agree on Politics. The Conversation. February 2.

Ura, Joseph Daniel. 2016. The Supreme Court After Scalia. Political Insight (UK Political Studies Association blog; online). February 21.

Ura, Joseph Daniel. 2014. Review of The Nature of Supreme Court Power by Matthew E. K. Hall. Law and Politics Book Review 24(5): 216-220.

Ura, Joseph Daniel. 2014. In the Long Run, the Supreme Court Leads Public Opinion on Controversial Issues. USApp Online (London School of Economics and Political Science American Politics Blog). February 20.

Ura, Joseph Daniel. 2013. Supreme Court Decisions in Favor of Gay Marriage Would Not Go `Too Far, Too Fast.' Pacific Standard Online. June 20.

Ura, Joseph Daniel and Francisco I. Pedraza. 2012. Public Support for the Supreme Court: The Promise and Peril of Arizona v. United States. Latino Decisions Blog June 12.

Ura, Joseph Daniel. 2012. Evaluating the Death Penalty. in Theodore J. Lowi, Benjamin Ginsberg, Kenneth A. Shepsle, and Stephen Ansolabehere American Government: Power and Purpose 12 ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 138-139.

Ura, Joseph Daniel. 2011. Another Look at UT Productivity Report.Texas Tribune Online. June 9.

Contact Information

Qatar Campus:

P.O. Box 23874
Texas A&M Engineering Building
Education City
Doha, Qatar

Home Campus:

Department of Political Science
4348 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4348

Curriculum Vitae

Texas A&M Potomac Summer Institute

Dataverse: Replication data and supplementary materials for published research


Texas A&M University Political Science

Texas A&M University at Qatar Liber Arts Program

Louisiana State University Political Science

UNC-Chapel Hill Political Science

George Washington University Political Science