Associate Professor of Public Affairs
Joshua Busby is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs and a fellow in the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service as well as a Crook Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. He originally joined the LBJ School faculty in fall 2006 as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer. Prior to coming to UT, Dr. Busby was a research fellow at the Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School (2005-2006), the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s JFK School (2004-2005), and the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution (2003-2004). He defended his dissertation with distinction in summer 2004 from Georgetown University, where he also earned his M.A. in 2002.
Busby is the author of several studies on climate change, national security, and energy policy from the Council on Foreign Relations, the Brookings Institution, the German Marshall Fund, and CNAS. Busby is one of the lead researchers in the Strauss Center project on Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS), a $7.6 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. He has also written on U.S.-China relations on climate change for CNAS and Resources for the Future. Busby is a Life Member in the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His works have appeared in International Security, Perspectives on Politics, Security Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Current History, and Problems of Post-Communism, among other publications.
Nisha is a second year PhD student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of development and environment. She worked on the Global Adaptation Atlas, conducted vulnerability assessments in Central and West Asia, and designed guidance on adaptation for USAID.
She has presented and written on several topics including: monitoring and tracking systems for adaptation aid, the economic costs of adaptation, and application of valuation techniques for climate change. She holds an M.A. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Macalester College.
Sarang Shidore is an independent consultant and researcher focusing in three areas – energy/climate security, India’s relations with emerging geographies (particularly West Asia and Latin America), and ideational influences in international relations.
He was most recently associated with the Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses, a leading New Delhi-based think-tank, where he co-led a strategic futures and scenario planning study for Indian security in the years 2030 and 2050 and authored the paper on energy security. He has also conducted studies of prospects for Indian nuclear energy post-Fukushima, the fast-growing India-Latin America relationship, and India-Iran relations as a prism for viewing the evolution of Indian state identity.
Sarang Shidore’s prior background includes fourteen years experience in the private sector in engineering and product management in the US and the UK leading product teams and helping establish an offshore development center in Bangalore. He holds two Master’s degrees in engineering and a Master’s in international studies and diplomacy.
Apart from English, he is fluent in Hindi and Marathi and proficient in Spanish and Bengali at a conversational level.