Josh Franco, M.A.

Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science

University of California, Merced

jfranco@ucmerced.edu

Josh Franco

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About Me

Hello, my name is Josh Franco and thank you for visitng my website. I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at UC Merced and will defend my dissertation and earn my Ph.D. by May 2018.

My dissertation asks how Congress structures the Judiciary, specifically the organization of the lower District Courts?

I argue that states, acting as proxies for lower federal District Courts, with representatives on the Senate and House Judiciary Committees are more likely to obtain judicial institutions, like seats, meeting places, and courthouses, than states without such representation.

I earned my M.A. in Political Science and B.A. in Public Policy from UC Merced. I also hold A.A. degrees in Economics and Political Science from Cerritos College.

Additionally, I have 5 years of professional experience working in the California State Capitol and U.S. Congress.