Joshua D. Ambrosius

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Joshua D. Ambrosius

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


Joshua Ambrosius is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and a core faculty member in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. He is also an affiliated fellow with the Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods at the University of Louisville. He previously taught at the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Louisville, and West Virginia State University.  He received his Ph.D. in public policy and administration from the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Ambrosius earned a Master of Public Policy degree and a Certificate of Nonprofit Studies from the Johns Hopkins University's Institute for Policy Studies in Baltimore, MD.  His B.A. in political science/international studies, with minors in religion and philosophy, is from York College of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ambrosius’ work is motivated by an overarching desire for long-term human sustainability. His policy interests include urban and housing policy, faith-based social policy, and space exploration. His research specifically explores urban and regional governance, neighborhood housing markets, and religious preferences for institutional design. His academic work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals. He blogs on matters of religion and politics at Red Letter Christians (www).


  • Ph.D., University of Louisville
  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A., York College of Pennsylvania

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Public Sector Human Resource Management
  • Fiscal Administration
  • Cities: Our Past, Our Future
  • Religion and Politics
  • Christianity, Citizenship, and Society

Research Interests

  • Contemporary housing market dynamics in metropolitan areas
  • The governance of mid-sized urban regions
  • Effects of religious structures on policy preferences and organizational attitudes

Selected Publications

Ambrosius, J. D. (forthcoming). "Blue City…Red City? A Comparison of Competing Theories of Core County Outcomes in U.S. Presidential Elections, 2000-2012." Journal of Urban Affairs.

Ambrosius, J. D. & Gilderbloom, J. I. (forthcoming). "Who’s Greener? Comparing Urban and Suburban Residents’ Environmental Behaviour and Concern." Local Environment.

Ambrosius, J. D. (forthcoming). "Review of God Talk: Experimenting with the Religious Causes of Public Opinion by Paul A. Djupe and Brian R. Calfano." Journal of Politics.

Ambrosius, J. D. (2013). "Review of Rob Bell and a New American Christianity by James K. Wellman Jr." Review of Religious Research, 55(4), 647-649.

Gilderbloom, J. I., Ambrosius, J. D., Squires, G. D., Hanka, M. J., & Kenitzer, Z. E. (2012). "Investors: The missing piece in the foreclosure racial gap debate." Journal of Urban Affairs, 34(5), 559-582

Gilderbloom, J. I., Hanka, M. J., & Ambrosius, J. D. (2012). "Without bias? Government policy that creates fair and equitable property tax assessments." American Review of Public Administration, 42(5), 591-605.

Ambrosius, J. D. (2011). "Religion, politics, and polity replication: Religious differences in preferences for institutional design." Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, 7(9), 1-35.

Ambrosius, J. D., Gilderbloom, J. I., & Hanka, M. J. (2010). "Back to black…and green? Location and policy interventions in contemporary neighborhood housing markets." Housing Policy Debate, 20(3), 457-484.

Gilderbloom, J. I., Hanka, M. J., & Ambrosius, J. D. (2009). "Historic preservation’s impact on job creation, property values, and environmental sustainability." Journal of Urbanism, 2(2), 83-101.

Ambrosius, J. D. (2009). "Why urbanists need religion." Urban News: Newsletter of the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, 23(1), 2-6.