Joel Simmons

Joel Simmons
Associate Professor

Associate Professor 

Joel Simmons’ research focuses on the political economy of development, with emphases in economic growth, social policy, global economic integration, corruption, the political economy of gender, and the ways political parties and party systems influence development outcomes. His book, The Politics of Technological Progress: Parties, Time Horizons, and Long-term Economic Development, published by Cambridge University Press in 2016, studies the political underpinnings of technological progress in the economy. Other projects include research regarding the effects of oil wealth on women’s economic and political power, research regarding the relationship between female legislators and corruption, and research regarding the link between natural resources and corruption in the U.S. states.

Areas of Expertise: Political Economy of Development and Gender, Social Policy, Global Economic Integration

  • Ph.D. (2008) University of Michigan, Political Science
  • B.A. (2000) St. Louis University, Political Science

Selected Publications


  • Simmons, Joel W. 2016. The Politics of Technological Progress: Parties, Time Horizons, and Long-Term Economic Development.  Cambridge University Press.


  • Simmons, Joel W., Allen Hicken, Ken Kollman, and Irfan Nooruddin. 2016.  “Party System Structure and its Consequences for Foreign Direct Investment.”  Party Politics. Online Preprint(April 2016): 1-13. DOI: 10.1177/1354068816644762
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Nooruddin, Irfan and Joel W. Simmons. 2015 “Do Voters Count?  Party Systems, Voter Turnout, and Social Spending in India.” Electoral Studies. 37: 1-14
  • Nooruddin, Irfan and Joel W. Simmons. 2009. “Openness, Uncertainty, and Social Spending:  Implications for the Globalization-Welfare State Debate.” International Studies Quarterly. 53(3):  841-886.
  • 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.
  • Nooruddin, Irfan and Joel W. Simmons.  2006.  “The Politics of Hard Choices: IMF Programs and Government Spending.”  International Organization. 60(4): 1001-1033.

Manuscripts in Progress

  • Simmons, Joel W. “Resource Wealth, Attitudes Toward Gender Equality, and Female Labor Force Participation.”
  • Simmons, Joel W. “Resource Wealth and Corruption in the U.S. States.”
  • Simmons, Joel W. “Statistical Discrimination in the Corruption Labor Market.”
  • Simmons, Joel W. “Exchange Rates and Women’s Economic Power”
  • Hicken, Allen, Joel W. Simmons, and Darin Self. Tentative Title: “Party Institutionalization and Central Bank Independence.”
    Bond, Kanisha and Joel W. Simmons. Tentative Title: “Women and Radical Collective Action.”