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Julianna Pacheco

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Iowa
Areas of Expertise:
  • Health Care
  • Media & Public Opinion
  • Civic Engagement
  • Democracy & Governance

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About Julianna

Pacheco's research explores political behavior, public opinion, state and local politics, and health policy. Her subfields include youth voter turnout, dynamic state public opinion, policy diffusion, state agenda setting, dynamic policy responsiveness, and anti-smoking legislation. Pacheco is currently working on a project (with Graeme Boushey at UC Irvine) explaining state attention to two public health issues: anti-smoking legislation and vaccine regulation.



"Free-Riders or Competitive Races? Strategic Interaction across the American States on Tobacco Policymaking" State Politics & Policy Quarterly 17, no. 3 (2017): 299-318.

Considers how policy externalities contribute to free-rider dynamics or competitive races across the American states. Stresses the importance of scholars exploring the conditional nature of policy diffusion dynamics by focusing on variations in policy content and stages of the policymaking process other than policy enactment.

"Adolescent Determinants of Abortion Attitudes: Evidence from the Children of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth" (with Rebecca Kreitzer). Public Opinion Quarterly 80, no. 1 (2015): 66-89.

Shows that religious adherence and maternal gender role values are significant predictors of adult abortion opinions, even after controlling for contemporaneous religious adherence and the respondents’ own views on gender roles

"The Role of Public Opinion — Does it Influence the Diffusion of ACA Decisions?" (with Elizabeth Maltby). Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 42, no. 2 (2017): 309-340.

Finds evidence that states are more likely to emulate other states with similar Affordable Care Act policy preferences when deciding about when to announce their decisions.

"Population Trends in Verbal Intelligence in the United States" (with Duane F. Alwin), in Social Trends in American Life: Findings from the General Social Survey since 1972, edited by Peter V. Marsden (Princeton University Press, 2012), 338-368.

Reports generally higher intelligence test scores among more recent cohorts.