Joshua Ferrer

Joshua Ferrer

PhD candidate in Political Science

University of California, Los Angeles

I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, with concentrations in American politics, methods, racial and ethnic politics, and comparative politics. My research focuses on the link between electoral institutions and representation, partisanship, and participation, with a special emphasis on U.S. election administration and local and state election officials. I also study the politics of electoral reform, direct democracy, primary elections, criminal justice, and New Zealand politics.

I hold a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Arts degree in Politics from the University of Otago, which I earned on a Fulbright Grant to New Zealand. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Amherst College with majors in Political Science and Music. My work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as The American Political Science Review, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and Representation; in reports with the Bipartisan Policy Center and Transparency International; and in media outlets such as The Washington Post and The Conversation. My work has also received coverage from major news sites including NBC, NPR, and The Guardian.

  • Election administration
  • Electoral reform
  • Local and state politics
  • Racial and ethnic politics
  • New Zealand politics
  • PhD candidate in Political Science

    University of California, Los Angeles

  • MA in Political Science, 2022

    University of California, Los Angeles

  • MA in Politics, 2020

    University of Otago

  • BA in Political Science and Music, 2018

    Amherst College


How Partisan Is Local Election Administration?
Black Lives Matter and the Racialized Support for the January 6 Insurrection

Working Papers

The Global Legislators Database
To Elect or Appoint? Evidence from Local Election Administration.
Electing America's Election Officials
Do Local Election Officials Represent Their Constituents?


Election Official Turnover Rates from 2000-2024
2022 Primary Turnout. Trends and Lessons for Boosting Participation
Online Political Campaigning in New Zealand
2018 Primary Turnout and Reforms


  • joshuaferrer at ucla dot edu
  • 4289 Bunche Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095
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