Joel W. Simmons is an Associate Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service° and the Department of Government° at Georgetown University°. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan°. His research focuses on the political economy with emphasis in economic growth, social policy,  democracy, and the political economy of gender. His book, The Politics of Technological Progress: Parties, Time Horizons, and Long-term Economic Development°, was published by Cambridge University Press. 


Simmons, Joel W. 2016. The Politics of Technological Progress: Parties, Time Horizons and Long-term Economic Development. Cambridge University Press. (Amazon°)

Conrad, Courtenay R., Kanisha D. Bond, Dylan Moses, and Joel W. Simmons. 2022. "Detecting Anomalies in Data on Government Violence" Political Science Research and Methods. 10(3): 634--641.

Simmons, Joel W. 2019. “Does Oil Substitute for Patriarchy?” Economics & Politics. 31(3): 293--322.

Simmons, Joel W. Allen Hicken, Ken Kollman, and Irfan Nooruddin. 2016. “Party System Structure and its Consequences for Foreign Direct Investment.” Party Politics. (PDF°; Blog Post°)

Hicken, Allen, Ken Kollman, and Joel W. Simmons. 2016. “Party System Nationalization and the Provision of Public Health Services.” Political Science Research and Methods. 4(3): 573–594. (PDF°

Simmons, Joel W. 2016. “Natural Resource Wealth and Women’s Economic and Political Power in the U.S. States.” Comparative Political Studies. 49(1): 115–152. (PDF°; Blog Post°)

Nooruddin, Irfan and Joel W. Simmons. 2015. “Do Voters Count? Turnout, Party Competition, and Public Spending in India.” Electoral Studies. 37: 1–14. (PDF°)

Nooruddin, Irfan and Joel W. Simmons. 2009. “Openness, Uncertainty, and Social Spending: Implications for the Globalization - Welfare State Debate.” International Studies Quarterly. 53(3): 841–866. (PDF°) 

Hicken, Allen and Joel W. Simmons. 2008. “The Personal Vote and the Efficacy of Education Spending.” American Journal of Political Science. 52(1): 109–124. (PDF°) 

Nooruddin, Irfan and Joel W. Simmons. 2006. “The Politics of Hard Choices: IMF Programs and Government Spending.” International Organization. 60(Fall): 1001–1033. (PDF°) 


Works in Progress

"Corruption and Voter Turnout: Evidence from Second Generation Americans and Source Country Characteristics" Under Review 
"Segregated Economies in an Integrated World The Gendered Consequences of Exchange Rate Movements in Less-Developed Countries" Under Review
"Statistical Discrimination in the Corruption Labor Market."
"The Political Geography of Election Fraud: Theory and Evidence from Honduras" (with Irfan Nooruddin)
Refraining is not Reforming: Female Legislators, Multiple Equilibria, and Corruption (with Analia Gomez Vidal)
"Resource Wealth, Citizen Engagement, and Corruption: Evidence from U.S. States and Counties"