Faculty & Staff

JoyAnna S. Hopper

Assistant Professor of Politics
B.A. Eastern Illinois University; M.A. University of Missouri; Ph.D. University of Missouri


Guerry 204-B/Ext. 1356

JoyAnna S. Hopper is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Sewanee, where she joined the faculty after receiving her Ph.D. in Political Science from The University of Missouri in 2016. JoyAnna’s research and teaching focuses primarily on public policy/administration and American politics, where she specializes in state-level environmental policy and the implications of bureaucratic structure. She teaches courses in American government, public policy and administration, environmental politics, and social policy.

Currently, JoyAnna is working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, entitled The Regulation that Comes from Combination: Environmental Agency Design in the States, in which she looks at the implications of environmental agency structures and cultures for state-level environmental enforcement. Some of her work related to this project is forthcoming in State Politics and Policy Quarterly.

Aside from environmental politics and policy, JoyAnna is also interested in the relationship between legislative committee structure and agency design, along with social welfare policy, on which she has co-authored a forthcoming chapter on Supplemental Security Income in Disability and U.S. Politics: Participation, Policy, and Controversy.