Wesley Y Joe


Adjunct Assistant Professor, Adjunct Professor - McCourt School of Public Policy, Main Campus Non-Or


McCourt School of Public Policy
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Wesley Joe teaches quantitative research methods and American politics in the Department of Government's undergraduate honors program and in the McCourt School of Public Policy. He 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 serves on the Arlington Public Schools Advisory Council on Instruction.


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