Recent Updates

New JHU Survey: Americans Don't Know Much About State Government

Dr. Jennifer Bachner (Director, Government Analytics) and Dr. Benjamin Ginsberg (Professor of Political Science) have recently conducted a survey to examine what Americans know and think about their state governments.  

Americans trust their state governments to handle issues as important as education and health care and pay them more than a trillion dollars in taxes annually, yet we know very little about these institutions, a new Johns Hopkins University survey finds.

Almost half of those surveyed couldn’t say what their state spent the most on; even fewer knew which state issues were most controversial. Fewer than 20 percent could name their state legislators. A third couldn’t even name their governor.

'Most people say they like their state leaders, and a large majority even remembers learning about state government in school,' said Johns Hopkins University political scientist Jennifer Bachner, a senior lecturer and one of the researchers. 'Despite this, most people are not aware of who exactly represents them and the significant decisions made by their state government.'

Read more about the findings in the complete press release here.

You can also read an interview with Jennifer Bachner about the survey on Route Fifty.


Ryu Koide (Government Analytics) Receives Award for Research on Climate Change

Many congratulations to Ryu Koide (Government Analytics) who received the People's Choice Award at the 13th Biennial International Conference on EcoBalance (EcoBalance 2018). His poster presentation, "Carbon Footprint from Household Consumption and Exploration of Reduction Potentials for the Paris Agreement Target: A Preliminary Study on Japan and Finland," examined the impacts of consumer lifestyles on climate change and highlighted the potential contribution of lifestyle changes to the global temperature targets of the Paris Agreement. His research combined methodologies of life cycle assessment and data analytics using national statistics and expenditure survey microdata. 

Ecobalance is an international conference in the field of life cycle assessment, and the 13th conference was held on October 9-12, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. The award was determined by votes from the conference participants. More information is available here

Ryu Koide is a policy researcher with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and part of the Government Analytics program  at Johns Hopkins University. You can find a commentary related to the content of the poster here


JHU Center Hosts Midterm Election Returns Party

On November 6, the JHU Center for Advanced Governmental Studies held a party to watch the midterm election returns.   Dr. Dorothea Wolfson and adjunct faculty member Robert Guttman hosted the event, which drew about 40 attendees.  Students shared their positions as well as pizza and popcorn.  It was a fun evening with a lot of tight races to follow.  


MA in Government Celebrates 25 Years! 

Dr. Ginsberg with Adjunct Faculty Thomas Stanton and Michael SeigelThe MA in Government Program celebrated its 25th Anniversary on Thursday, October 25 at the US Capitol’s Visitor Center.  Many alumni, faculty, and current students attended the fall gala.  Dr. Ben Ginsberg, Chair of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies and founder of the MA in Government Program gave welcoming remarks.  Dr. Kathy Hill recognized alum, Doug Andres ’15, for sponsoring our event at the Capitol’s Visitor Center.  Andres is the Press Secretary for Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. Dr. Hill also recognized Mr. Thomas Stanton for his 25 years of teaching excellence in the program and also gave special gifts to Dr. Ginsberg for his vision and direction for the program and to Dr. Wolfson for directing the program these past 10 years.  

Dr. Wolfson introduced the featured speaker for the evening -- Washington Post columnist EJ Dionne, who also has appointments at the Brookings Institution and Harvard University.  Mr. Dionne spoke on “How to Govern Ourselves After the 2018 Elections” and took many questions from the audience of faculty, alumni, and current students.  It was a happy reunion of alumni (the furthest going back to the Class of 1998!), current students, and dedicated faculty members.  Here’s to another 25! 

Dr. Wolfson with alumni James Miervaldis and John NazelrodJHU Full time faculty Dr. Jen Bachner, Dr. Sarah O'Bryne and Karin OrrDoug Andres receiving recognition from Dr. HillDr. Richard Skinner and alum Charles Yarborough line up to ask a question.


MA in Government and MS in Government Analytics Highlighted in National Rankings

Congratulations to the Johns Hopkins University MA in Government and MS in Government Analytics for being honored as offering among the best online master's programs in political science.  Programs were assessed on a variety of factors, including salary potential and tuition, to determine which offered the best return on investment.  According to a summary of these national rankings:

Second-ranked Johns Hopkins University has a similarly impressive median salary for graduates at $110,700. Students at Johns Hopkins University can earn an MA in Government or an MS in Government Analytics with tuition starting at $23,382. 

Read more about this award here.