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Joseph Daniel Ura

Areas of Speciality
  • American Politics
  • Methods
  • (979) 845-2327
  • LASB 325
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Research Interests

  • American politics
  • Public law



Joe Ura is a Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University. His research addresses American national politics, especially the United States Supreme Court and macropolitical responsiveness and representation. Professor Ura’s work on the Supreme Court deals principally with the interactions among the exercise of judicial power, judicial independence, and public opinion. His research on representation and responsiveness explores how dynamics in aggregate public opinion shape the decisions of national political institutions in the United States and how the choices made by institutions feedback into public opinion. Professor Ura’s research has been published in several leading political science journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of PoliticsPolitical Research Quarterly, and Political Communication.

Professor Ura teaches undergraduate courses on American national politics, judicial politics, and constitutional law. He also teaches graduate courses on American political institutions and judicial politics. He is a recipient of Texas A&M University’s Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence.

Professor Ura is a graduate of George Washington University, and he completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently the Director of Undergraduate Programs and Director of the American Politics Program in the Department of Political Science.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses

  • POLS 206 – American National Government
  • POLS 357 – National Judicial Politics
  • POLS 353 – Constitutional Rights and Liberties

Graduate courses

  • POLS 672 – American Political Institutions

Representative Publications

  • Rogers JR, Ura JD. A majoritarian basis for judicial countermajoritarianism. Journal of Theoretical Politics. 2020;32(3):435-459.
  • Haglin K, Jordan S, Merrill AH, Ura JD. Ideology and Specific Support for the Supreme Court. Political Research Quarterly. August 2020.
  • Ellis, C.R. and Ura, J.D. (2020), Polarization and the Decline of Economic Voting in American National Elections. Social Science Quarterly.
  •  Ura, Joseph Daniel. 2013. Backlash and Legitimation: Macro Political Responses to Supreme Court Decisions American Journal of Political Science Forthcoming.
  • Manzano, Sylvia and Joseph Daniel Ura. 2013. Desperately Seeking Sonia?: Latino Heterogeneity and Geographic Variation in Web Searches for Judge Sonia Sotomayor Political Communication 30(1): 81-99.
  • Taylor-Robinson, Michelle M., and Joseph Daniel Ura. 2013. Public Opinion and Conflict in the Separation of Powers: Understanding the Honduran Coup of 2009 Journal of Theoretical Politics 25(1): 105-127.