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Andrew Karch is Arleen C. Carlson Professor of American Politics and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University in 2003. His research centers on the political determinants of public policy choices in the contemporary United States, with a special focus on federalism and state politics. His most recent book, Responsive States: Federalism and American Public Policy, was co-authored with Shanna Rose of Claremont McKenna College and was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. His previous book, Early Start: Preschool Politics in the United States (University of Michigan Press), was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2013. He is also the author of Democratic Laboratories: Policy Diffusion among the American States (University of Michigan Press, 2007) and numerous articles and book chapters. In 2020, he and his co-authors received the Deil S. Wright Award for the best paper in the field of federalism and intergovernmental relations presented at the previous year’s annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA).

Karch served two terms as Chair of the Executive Council of the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Section of the APSA. He is currently serving on the editorial boards of Publius: The Journal of Federalism, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, and Policy Studies Journal. He also edited a special issue of State and Local Government Review (“Filling a Vacuum: Subnational Governance amid National Inaction”) that was published in December 2020.