Juliet Gainsborough

  • Professor, Global Studies
  • Ph.D. Harvard University
  • BA Univ of California-Berkeley

Teaching Interests

American Politics; Public Policy Making; Urban Political Economy; State and Local Politics; Social Policy

Research Interests

American Politics; Urban Politics; Social Policy; Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations

Bio

Juliet F. Gainsborough is a professor of political science at Bentley University and the Department Chair for Global Studies. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. Before joining the faculty at Bentley, Professor Gainsborough taught in the political science department at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Her research interests include urban and regional politics, suburban political behavior, and the politics of social policy. Her work has appeared in such journals as the Urban Affairs Review, Policy Studies Journal, Journal of Urban Affairs, and American Politics Research. Professor Gainsborough is the author of two books: Fenced off: The Suburbanization of American Politics (Georgetown University Press 2001), which looks at the way population movement to the suburbs has shaped national politics, and Scandalous Politics: Child Welfare Policy in the States (Georgetown University Press 2010), which explores the way scandals affect child welfare policymaking at the state and national level. Professor Gainsborough was also a member of the Network on Building Resilient Regions (http://brr.berkeley.edu), funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. As a member of the Network, her research explored the way in which fast-growth metropolitan areas respond to regional challenges, with a focus on transportation planning in Orlando and Miami. She is currently working on research related to state politics and higher education policy.

Professional Memberships

  • American Political Science Association Present
  • Midwest Political Science Association Present
  • Urban Affairs Association Present
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2010, Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Bentley University
  • 2009, Publication Award, Bentley University
  • 2009, Sub-award grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation-funded Building Resilient Regions Network.
  • 2008, FAC Grant
  • 2008, Valente Center for Arts and Sciences Fellowship
  • 2007, Faculty Affairs Committee Research Grant, Bentley College
  • 2006, Bentley College Publication Award
  • 2005, Bentley College Publication Award
  • 2004, Faculty Affairs Committee Research Grant, Bentley College, 2004
  • 2004, Greek Community Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, University of Miami, 2004
  • 2003, Nominee for Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Miami, 2002 & 2003
  • 2002, Excellence in Research Award, School of Business, University of Miami, 2002
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • Lowe, K., Reckhow, S., Gainsborough, J. F. (2016). Capacity and Equity: Federal Funding Competition between and within Regions. Journal of Urban Affairs, (38) 1 25-41.
  • Cowell, M., Gainsborough, J. F., Lowe, K. (2016). Resilience and Mimetic Behavior: Economic Visions in the Great Recession. Journal of Urban Affairs, (38) 1 61-78.
  • Lowe, K., Pendall, R., Gainsborough, J. F., Nguyen, M. (2014). Ballot Box Planning: Rail and Referenda. Journal of Public Transportation, (17) 1
  • Gulati, G. J., Hadlock, C. R., Gainsborough, J. F. (2011). VODYS: An Agent-Based Model for Exploring Campaign Dynamics. Social Science Computer Review, (29) 2 250-72. (Link)
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2010). The Sports Complex Special Serivces District: Thirty Million Dollars for your Trouble. Drexel University Law Review. Forthcoming.
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2009). Scandals, Lawsuits, and Politics: Child Welfare Policy in the U.S.States. State Politics and Policy Quarterly, (9) 3 325-355.
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2008). A Tale of Two Cities: Civic Culture and Public Policy in Miami. Journal of Urban Affairs, (30) 4
  • Alpert, L., Gainsborough, J. F., Wallis, A. (2006). Building the Capacity to Act Regionally: Formation of a Regional Transportation Authority in South Florida. Urban Affairs Review, (42) 2 November 143-168.
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2005). Voters in Context: Cities, Suburbs, and Presidential Vote. American Politics Research, (33) May 435-461.
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2003). Business Organizations as Regional Actors: The Politics of Regional Cooperation in Metropolitan America. Polity, (35) 4 555-572.
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2003). To Devolve or Not To Devolve: Welfare reform in the States. Policy Studies Journal, (31) 4 603-623.
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2002). Smart Growth and Urban Sprawl: Support for a New Regional Agenda?. Urban Affairs Review, (37) 5 728-744.
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2001). Bridging the City-Suburb Divide: States and the Politics of Regional Cooperation. Journal of Urban Affairs, (23) 5 497-512.

    Books


  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2010). Scandalous Politics: Child Welfare Policy in the States (forthcoming). 207. Washington, D.C: Georgetown University Press
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2001). Fenced Off: The Suburbanization of American Politics. 191. Washington, D.C: Georgetown University Press

  • Book Chapters


  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2016). The Politics of Place and Space In Christine Kelleher Palus & Richardson Dilworth, (Eds.) Urban Politics and Policy in the United States. 213-223. Los Angeles: CQ Press
  • Pendall, R., Gainsborough, J. F., Lowe, K., Nguyen, M. (2012). Bringing Equity to Transit-Oriented Development: Stations, Systems, and Regional Resilience. In Margaret Weir, Nancy Pindus, Howard Wial, & Harold Wolman., (Eds.) Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects: Building Resilient Regions.. 148-192. Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution

  • Book Reviews


  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2015). [Review of the book The Resegregation of Suburban Schools: A Hidden Crisis in American Education ]. Perspectives on Politics, (13) 3
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2012). [Review of the book Sprawl, Justice, and Citizenship: The Civic Costs of the American Way of Life ]. Political Science Quarterly, (127) 4
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2011). [Review of the book Review of "The Price of Progressive Politics: The Welfare Rights Movement in an Era of Colorblind Racism." ]. Perspectives on Politics, (9) 4
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2009). [Review of the book Review of "Boomburbs: The Rise of America's Accidental Cities" by Robert E. Lang & Jennifer B. LeFurgy ]. Urban Affairs Review, (44) 5
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2006). [Review of the book Review of "The Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy" by Richardson Dilworth ]. Perspectives on Politics, (4) 1

  • Conference Papers


  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2010). The Sports Complex Special Services DistrictCrexel University Center for Pulbic Policy and the Earle Mack School of Law, Conference on Business Improvement Districs and the Evolution of Urban Governance.

  • Other(s)


  • Lowe, K., Reckhow, S., Gainsborough, J. F. (2021). How Biden’s infrastructure package might leave behind poor and minority communities yet againMonkey Cage (Washington Post).
  • Presentations

  • Andrews, B. J., Choi, S., Eijmberts, J. P., Ledley, F. D., Cleary, E., Thomas, S., Schwarzkopf, D. L., Stuckey, J. K., Davi, W., DeLeo, R., Moriarty, J., Gainsborough, J. F., Gentry, W., , C. R. (2020). “How Taxes Shape Lives” Presented at the Jeanne and Dan Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences Convener, Bentley Humanities Seminar Bentley University
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2019). “Higher Education Policymaking: An Increasing Partisan Divide?” Presented at theAmerican Political Science Association Annual Meeting Washington, D.C.
  • Gainsborough, J. F., Lowe, K., Pendall, R. (2013). “Envisioning the Future: Regional Plans and Transit Aspirations.” Presented at theAmerican Political Science Association Annual Meeting Chicago, IL
  • Lowe, K., Pendall, R., Gainsborough, J. F., Nguyen, M. (2011). “Ballot Box Planning: Rail Referenda and Coalition Building” Presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning ACSP Annual Meeting Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Durkin, M. B., Gainsborough, J. F. (2011). “Liberal Studies as a Second Major: Putting the Business Curriculum in Context” Presented at theNational Undergraduate Business Schools Symposium Mason School of Business, College of William and Mary
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2010). “The Suburbanization of American Politics: The Local Roots of National Voting Patterns and Political Attitudes” Presented at theAmerican Political Science Association Meeting Washington D.C.
  • Gainsborough, J. F., Pendall, R., Nguyen, M., Lowe, K. (2010). “Bringing Equity to Transit-Oriented Development: Stations, Systems, and Regional Resilience” Presented at the The Brookings Insitution, George Washington University, and the Urban Institute Conference on Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects Washington D.C.
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2010). “The Sports Complex Special Services District” Presented at the Crexel University Center for Pulbic Policy and the Earle Mack School of Law Conference on Business Improvement Districs and the Evolution of Urban Governance Philadelphia, PA
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2009). “The Politics of Child Welfare: Explaining State Variation” Presented at theMidwest Political Science Association Meeting Chicago, Illinois
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2009).
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2008). “The Swinging Pendulum: Child Welfare Policy at the National Level” Presented at theMidwest Political Science Association Chicago
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2008).
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2008). “Invited Speaker” Presented at the The Brookings Insitution and the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University Metro Nation: Blueprint for American Porsperity Hempstead, NY
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2007).
  • Gainsborough, J. F., Gulati, G. J., Hadlock, C. R. (2007). “VODYS: An Agent-Based Model” Presented at the Government Department, Harvard University Political Behavior and Psychology Workshop Cambridge, MA
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2007). “Scandals, Substance, and Symbols: The Politics of Child Welfare Policy” Presented at theMidwest Political Science Association Meeting Chicago, Illinois
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2007). “Scandals, Lawsuits, and Politics: Child Welfare Policy in the States” Presented at theState Politics and Policy Austin, Texas
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2007). “Scandalous Politics: Child Welfare Policy in the States” Presented at theAmerican Political Science Association Meeting Chicago
  • Gulati, G. J., Gainsborough, J. F., Hadlock, C. R. (2007). “VODYS: An Agent-Based Model for Exploring Campaign Dynamics” Presented at theAmerican Political Science Association Chicago, IL
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2006). “The Politics of Scandal: Child Welfare Policy in the States” Presented at theAmerican Political Science Association Meeting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2006). “The Politics of Perpetual Crisis: What Drives Child Welfare Policy in the States?” Presented at theMidwest Political Science Association Meeting Chicago, Illinois
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2006).
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2005).
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2003). “When Do Regions Cooperate? Transportation Policy in South Florida” Presented at theUrban Affairs Association Meeting Cleveland, Ohio
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2002). “Putting the Politics Back in Regionalism: Groups, Governments, and Governance” Presented at theAmerican Political Science Association Annual Meeting Boston, Massachusetts
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2002). “A Different Kind of Race to the Bottom: Welfare Reform, Devolution, and Local Government” Presented at theUrban Affairs Association Meeting Boston, Massachusetts
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2001). “Government of Last Resort: Welfare Reform and State-Local Devolution” Presented at theAmerican Political Science Association Meeting San Francisco
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2001). “New Regionalism and the Role of Business: Coalition-Building in Metropolitan America” Presented at theMidwest Political Science Association Meeting Chicago, IL
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2000). “Smart Growth and Urban Sprawl: Support for a New Regional Agenda?” Presented at theAmerican Political Science Association Meeting Washington, D.C
  • Gainsborough, J. F. (2000). “Promoting Regionalism: States and the Politics of City-Suburb Cooperation” Presented at theMidwest Political Science Association Meeting Chicago, IL
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Committee Chair for Curriculum Committee 2020 - Present
  • Committee Member for Anti-Racism Committee 2020 - 2021
  • Faculty Advisor for Public Policy Major 2020 - 2020
  • Summer Grant Review Committee 2020 - 2020
  • Committee Member for Committee Drafting Anti-Racism Statement 2020 - 2020
  • Committee Chair for Hiring Committee 2019 - 2019
  • Committee Member for Internship Committee 2018 - 2018
  • Committee Member for GLS Tenure & Promotion Committee 2018 - 2018
  • Committee Member for Faculty Senate 2009 - 2011
  • Faculty Advisor for Politics Minor for Politics Minor 2006 - 2011
  • Committee Member for Hiring Committee 2007 - 2009
  • University Service


  • Department Chair for Global Studies Department Chair 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Focal Area 2 Governance Working Group 2021 - 2022
  • Committee Member for Transfer Advisory Committee TF5 2021 - 2021
  • Committee Member for NECHE Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Team 2021 - 2021
  • Committee Chair for Promotion & Tenure Review Committee 2020 - 2021
  • Guest Speaker for Ask Me Anything" (AMA) - First Months of the Biden Administration - 2021
  • Committee Member for Promotion & Tenure Committee 2018 - 2020
  • Committee Member for AAC&U Workshop Team 2020 - 2020
  • Department Chair for Global Studies 2019 - 2019
  • Committee Member for Curriculum Reform Taskforce 2.0 2019 - 2019
  • Associate Dean for Academic Standards Committee 2011 - 2017
  • Associate Dean for Arts and Sciences Department Chairs 2011 - 2017
  • Associate Dean for Curriculum Implementation Committee 2011 - 2017
  • Associate Dean for Curriculum Policy Committee 2011 - 2017
  • Associate Dean for Deans' Council 2011 - 2017
  • Associate Dean for Faculty Senate 2011 - 2017
  • Associate Dean for Faculty-Led Programs Review Committee 2011 - 2017
  • Associate Dean for Graduate Council 2011 - 2017
  • Associate Dean for Joint Chairs Meeting 2011 - 2017
  • Associate Dean for Domestic Semester-Away Programs Committee 2013 - 2017
  • Associate Dean for A&S Chairs Meeting 2011 - 2017
  • Committee Chair for Academic Advising Advisory Council 2011 - 2017
  • Committee Member for NEASC Steering Committee 2011 - 2012
  • Associate Dean for Honors Program Review Task Force 2011 - 2012
  • Faculty Advisor for Liberal Studies, American Perspectives concentration 2007 - 2011
  • Committee Member for Faculty Senate Planning Committee 2010 - 2011
  • Student Organization Advisor for Bentley University Democrats 2007 - 2011
  • University Senate for Faculty Evaluation Procedures Committee 2009 - 2010
  • Task Force Member for Tenure Track Development Task Force 2009 - 2009
  • Committee Member for Institutional Review Board 2006 - 2009
  • University Senate for Nominations Committee 2009 - 2009
  • Participant for Diversity Retreat - 2007
  • Participant for Ally Workshop - 2005
  • Professional Service


  • Reviewer, Journal Article for American Politics Research 2020 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for State and Local Government Review 2020 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Social Currents 2019 - Present
  • Reviewer, Book for Temple University Press 2021 - 2021
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties 2019 - 2019
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Politics and Governance 2019 - 2019
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Urban Affairs Review 2019 - 2019
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Planning Education and Research 2018 - 2018
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Urban Affairs Review 2018 - 2018
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for American Journal of Political Science 2004 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for American Politics Research 2004 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Electoral Studies 2004 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties 2004 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Politics 2004 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Urban Affairs 2004 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Policy Studies Journal 2004 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Political Research Quarterly 2004 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Publius: Journal of Federalism 2004 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Social Science Quarterly 2004 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for State and Local Government Review 2004 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for State Politics and Policy Quarterly 2004 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Urban Studies 2004 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for American Political Science Review 2003 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Canadian Geographer/ Le Geographe Canadien 2003 - 2017
  • Editorial Review Board Member for Urban Affairs Review 2010 - 2015
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Political Research Quarterly - 2012
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Urban Affairs Review - 2012
  • Committee Member for Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association 2012 - 2012
  • Conference/Workshop Track Chair for Midwest Political Science Association 2010 - 2011
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Human Ecology Review 2010 - 2010
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Children and Youth Services Review 2004 - 2010
  • Conference/Workshop Session Chair for “Federal Education Reform in the U.S.,” Midwest Political Science Association Meeting - 2009
  • Advisory Committee for National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University 2008 - 2008
  • Conference/Workshop Session Chair for “Interlocal Cooperation: Causes and Consequences,” Midwest Political Science Association Meeting - 2008
  • Conference/Workshop Session Chair for “Intergovernmental Relations,” Midwest Political Science Association Meeting - 2007
  • Conference/Workshop Session Chair for “Urban Policy Making,” Midwest Political Science Association Meeting - 2006
  • Committee Chair for Career Achievement Award Committee 2004–05, Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association - 2005
  • Committee Member for governing board of the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association 2004 - 2005
  • Conference/Workshop Track Chair for Midwest Political Science Association Meeting - 2005
  • Conference/Workshop Session Chair for “The Politics of Policing,” Midwest Political Science Association Meeting - 2005