• BA, Political Science, Stanford University
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Michigan. Project: The Conservative Party in Opposition


After receiving a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan, John Francis joined the political science faculty at Utah.  While at Utah, he has served as chair of the Department of Political Science, as elected President of the Academic Senate, and as Senior Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs.  His research interests are in European comparative politics, federalism, and comparative regulatory policy.  He has recently published articles on federalism and the emergence of rights, on HIV regulatory policy and the importance of public health strategies over criminalization, and on the obligations of states when legal regimes fail.  He regularly teaches courses on European politics, the European Union, and theoretical perspectives on political science.

Research Summary

I am a specialist in European politics, comparative politics, and comparative regulatory policy. Recent publications include articles on federalism and emerging rights, on HIV and the importance of public health policies over criminalization, on obligations of states when law enforcement fails, and on the protection of data in public health policy. I am currently editing a book on comparative conservative politics and am at work on a monograph on the political rights of part-time residents.