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Joshua Basseches - Tulane University. New Orleans, LA, US

Joshua Basseches Joshua Basseches

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science | The David and Jane Flowerree Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Environmental Studies | Tulane University


Joshua Basseches is an expert in energy and climate politics and policymaking, especially in the U.S. states.







North American electricity and energy security




Joshua Basseches is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and is the David and Jane Flowerree Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Environmental Studies at Tulane University.

Basseches received his PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University, where he was also affiliated with the Legal Studies Program and the Institute for Policy Research.

Basseches' current research examines the politics of energy and climate policymaking at the state level, which, in the U.S. context, is where the action has been. He looks at the ways in which state legislators, executive branch rule makers and a range of public and private interest groups shape the design of the policies that emerge from state capitals.

Basseches' research has been published in peer-reviewed outlets such as Climatic Change, Mobilization: An International Quarterly, and Research in Political Sociology, among others.

Basseches' work has been supported by the American Political Science Association, the Climate Social Science Network and the Dispute Resolution Research Center, among others.

Basseches' research and teaching are interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on sociology, political science, public policy, economics and history. He is active in a number of professional associations and working groups, including the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association, the Social Science History Association, and the Scholars Strategy Network. He co-chairs the State Politics Working Group of the Climate Social Science Network.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Inflation Reduction Act

Climate and Energy Policy

Political Sociology

State Politics

Polical Science

Education (3)

Northwestern University: Master of Arts, Sociology 2017

Brandeis University: Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Political Science 2012

Summa Cum Laude

Northwestern University: Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology 2020

Affiliations (8)

  • Co-Chair, U.S. State Politics Working Group, Climate Social Science Network , 2020-Present
  • Contributing Editor, Mobilizing Ideas Blog, Center for the Study of Social Movements, University of Notre Dame. 2019-Present
  • Member, Scholars Strategy Network, 2018-Present
  • American Sociological Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • Social Science History Association
  • Midwest Sociological Society
  • Midwest Political Science Association

Languages (2)

  • Spanish
  • English

Articles (13)

Families in over 20 states are scrambling to place a bet on what their energy bills will be in the future. A wrong decision could cost them hundreds of dollars.

Business Insider

Jacob Zinkula


"It's almost analogous to the stock market," Joshua Basseches, an assistant professor of public policy and environmental studies at Tulane University, told Insider. "It's putting a lot of these decisions into the hands of consumers, sort of betting on what's going to happen to these different prices of these different fuels."

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Policy Primer: The Grid Isn’t Broken, But Still Needs Fixing

Climate XChange

Climate XChange Staff


For this article, we spoke with Joshua Basseches, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Policy & Environmental Studies at Tulane University. Dr. Basseches says that unless something in our electricity system gives, there’s no way to meet our climate targets: “The way that we’ve done things historically is not conducive to the types of changes we’re going to need if we’re going to have a renewable energy transition and electrify everything.”

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What hinders Louisiana’s shift toward renewable energy? Voters say their congressional leaders

Louisiana Illuminator

Terry L Jones


“Surveys like this are helpful in that they’re the first step to calling someone out and showing how they’re misrepresenting public opinion,” said Joshua Basseches, assistant professor of public policy and environmental studies at Tulane University. “A well-conducted survey can be an important tool to begin holding politicians accountable.”

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State Officials Hold Sway in Biden’s Climate Law Funding Rollout

Bloomberg Law

Zach Bright


The law amplifies the advantages of electrification by making “home and building heating from gas a lot less economically competitive compared to electrification,” said Joshua Basseches, an assistant professor of public policy and environmental studies at Tulane University. “But at the end of the day, the states are still going to have the say.”

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How the Inflation Reduction Act’s approach to energy policy and environment may impact Louisiana

WWNO-Radio (NPR)

Adam Vos


In an editorial in The Advocate, Tulane professor Joshua Basseches said the recently signed Inflation Reduction Act might be a start, but isn’t nearly enough to tackle climate change.

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Energy Giants Spending Millions to Block This State's Effort to Create Consumer-Owned Utility

Common Dreams

Jon Lamson


According to Joshua Basseches, an assistant professor of public policy and environmental studies at Tulane University, a statewide campaign like Our Power is largely unprecedented in US history. Basseches' research investigates the political influence of utility companies throughout the country.

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Power companies bet big on natural gas in Louisiana. Now, customers are feeling the squeeze

The Advocate

Sam Karlin


Joshua Basseches, a Tulane professor who studies investor-owned utilities, said Louisiana’s decisions over the last 10 years to invest in more gas-fired plants will make it harder to overhaul its generation mix quickly. “It’s certainly not impossible for the Southeast to become less reliant on gas,” Basseches said. “But it’s not going to happen overnight.”

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There are a lot of perks for Big Oil in Democrats' new bill, even though it's being touted as the biggest climate investment in US history

Business Insider

Jacob Zinkula


"On the whole, they certainly would have preferred for this bill not to have passed," says Joshua Basseches, an assistant professor of public policy and environmental studies at Tulane University." It certainly put their lobbyists on defense rather than offense, but certain key concessions to certain segments of the industry do appear to have softened opposition."

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Guest column: The Senate climate deal is huge, but the harder work is happening in the states -- including the red ones

The New Orleans Advocate - Times-Picayune - Nola.com

Joshua Basseches


Thanks to diligent advocacy and a movement years in the making, the U.S. Senate has done what a couple weeks ago seemed impossible, breaking a decadeslong pattern of inaction when it comes to tackling the “wicked problem” of climate change.

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Mass. gas providers pay up

New England Climate Dispatch

Jon Lamson


“Investor-owned utilities (like Eversource and National Grid) are the single most influential type of business actor when it comes to state-level climate and energy policymaking,” stated Joshua Basseches, an assistant professor of public policy and environmental studies at Tulane University.

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‘Empty rhetoric:’ The solar industry’s public spat with Biden over tariffs

Renewable Energy World

John Engel


Story on the solar industry’s public criticism of Biden over tariffs.

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Washington will become second state to adopt cap-and-trade law. But what happens next really matters

The Washington Wire

Joshua Basseches


Commentary on that state’s recently passed climate law.

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The key to passing climate policy? Rein in (or win over) utilities monopolies

Grist Magazine

Joshua Basseches


Investor-owned utilities — yes, IOUs — dominate the system and wield enormous political power. Only the feds can change that.

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