Wesley Y Joe


Adjunct Assistant Professor


Department of Government
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Wesley Joe is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Georgetown University's Government Department, where he currently teaches American politics and quantitative research methods in the M.A. in American Government program and in the department's honors program. He frequently works with campaigns and is especially active in the innovation and testing of methods of reducing barriers to voting. For several years, Wesley was the Director of Research at the Campaign Finance Institute (CFI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit research group that was affiliated with the George Washington University.

Wesley’s research focuses on citizen participation and regulation of it, including voting rights, election administration, and campaign finance policy. At CFI, he produced some of the earliest evaluations of Connecticut’s system for public financing of state election campaigns. He also examined Minnesota state legislative candidates’ use of their state’s rebate for small donations to election campaigns. In addition, he devised a highly influential method of estimating the levels of citizen participation required to enable a candidate’s small financial donors to approach the impact of large donors. To these ends, Wesley led research teams in the design and execution of large, complex mixed-mode surveys of donors, candidates for state office, and the broader electorate.

Earlier, Wesley was a consultant to the polling team that the U.S. Department of Justice hired to assist the defense of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (also known as "McCain-Feingold") in federal court. As a volunteer, he served for five years on the Diocese of Arlington's local committee of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, one of the nation's largest funders of indigenously-run, low-income community organizations.

Before joining the world of political science research, Wesley worked for six years for Tandem Computers (now Hewlett-Packard Integrity NonStop Systems), and he remains a bit of a computer geek.


  • Ph.D. () Georgetown University, Government
  • M.A. () Georgetown University, Government
  • B.A. () Grinnell College, History