Joshua W. Busby, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Public Affairs


Joshua Busby is an Assistant Professor of Public Affairs and a fellow with the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service as well as the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. He originally joined the LBJ School faculty in fall 2006 as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer. Prior to coming to UT, Dr. Busby was a research fellow at the Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School (2005-2006), the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's JFK School (2004-2005), and the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution (2003-2004). He defended his dissertation with distinction in summer 2004 from Georgetown University, where he also earned his M.A. in 2002.

In his most recent book, Moral Movements and Foreign Policy, Busby seeks to explain why some countries are willing to take on new international commitments championed by principled advocacy groups and others are not. Substantively, he explores the politics of climate change, developing country debt relief, HIV/AIDS, and the International Criminal Court in selected country cases in the advanced industrialized world. He has also written extensively on transatlantic relations, both in international security and the climate change arena. In 2004, Busby and co-author Heiko Borchert won the Foreign Policy Association's Transatlantic Essay Competition. His research interests also include U.S. grand strategy, energy security, and the foreign policy of advanced industrialized countries.

Busby is a Term Member in the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His works have appeared in International Studies QuarterlyCurrent History, andProblems of Post-Communism, among other publications.

Busby also has a regional interest in Latin America, having served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador (1997-1999), worked in Nicaragua (Summer 1994, Spring 1996), and consulted for the Inter-American Development Bank (2000). Prior to working with the Peace Corps, he was a Marshall Scholar at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England), where he completed a second B.A. (with Honors) in Development Studies (1993-1995). He completed his first B.A. (with Highest Distinction) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Political Science and Biology.

Busby Publications:

Moral Movements and Foreign Policy

Mapping Climate Change and Security in North Africa

China and Climate Change: A Strategy for U.S. Engagement

Making Markets for Merit Goods: The Political Economy of Anti-Retrovirals, Global Policy, Vol. 1 Issue 1, Ethan Kapstein & Josh Busby

Confronting Poverty: Weak States and U.S. National Security, Brookings Institution Press

Making Markets for Merit Goods: The Political Economy of Antiretrovirals, Working Paper 179, 08/19/2009

Global AIDS Policy in the Age of Obama, Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, Volume 8 Issue 2, 120

The Climate Security Connection: What it Means for the Poor, Brookings Institution Press 2009

"Climate Change and National Security," Council on Foreign Relations, Council Special Report

Review of Amy Patterson, The Politics of AIDS in Africa, Political Science Quarterly, Fall 2007.

"Climate Change and Security: A Credible Connection?" Disarmament Times, Fall 2007

In the News

Council on Foreign Relations Blog - 12/09/2010 A View from Kenya on Cancun

Josh Busby discusses the Cancun negotiations from a Kenya perspective

Resources for the Future - 11/16/2010 China and Climate Change: A Strategy for U.S. Engagement

A new report from Joshua Busby aims to provide strategic guidance to U.S. policymakers on engaging China on climate change.

Strauss Center News - 10/25/2010 Strauss Distinguished Scholar Releases New Book Moral Movements and Foreign Policy

Joshua Busby’s Moral Movements and Foreign Policy analyzes how factors converge to create successful (or unsuccessful) advocacy campaigns and whether governments are ready to support transnational moral causes.

The Page 99 Test - 10/05/2010 Joshua W. Busby's "Moral Movements and Foreign Policy"

Joshua Busby applies the “Page 99 Test” to his new book, Moral Movements and Foreign Policy.

The Daily Texan - 04/23/2009 Student event seeks to curb world poverty

The RGK Center welcomed David Lane as part of the Global Civil Society Lecture Series.

The Daily Texan - 04/25/2007 Forum held to inspire action against AIDS

Josh Busby discusses impact of HIV in Africa.


12/12/2007 - Austin, TX

UT Austin - Rapoport Center for Human Rights - "The Politics of Donor Responses to HIV/AIDS"

11/27/2007 - Seattle, WA

Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington - "From Benign Neglect to Moral Awakening: Donor Responses to HIV/AIDS"

11/11/2007 - Boston, MA

UT Austin - Rapoport Center for Human Rights - "The Politics of Donor Responses to HIV/AIDS"

09/09/2007 - Lund University of Sweden