Nicholas W. Carnes

Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

Internal Office Address: 
227 Sanford Building, Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708-0245

Nick Carnes joined the faculty at the Sanford School in July 2011. He is a political scientist whose research focuses on American politics, economic and social class inequality, political representation, legislative decision making, and urban politics. Carnes is currently working on a book that examines how the shortage of people from working-class backgrounds in American legislatures skews the policymaking process towards outcomes that are more in line with the upper class's economic interests. He is also beginning a large-scale investigation of the factors that discourage working-class citizens from holding political office and the programs that could help to address longstanding inequalities in the class composition of American policymaking institutions. (On leave, fall 2015)

Education

  • Ph.D., Princeton University 2011
  • M.A., Princeton University 2008
  • A.B., University of Tulsa 2006

CARNES, NICHOLAS, and LUPU, NOAM. "Do Voters Dislike Working-Class Candidates? Voter Biases and the Descriptive Underrepresentation of the Working Class." American Political Science Review 110.04 (November 2016): 832-844. Full Text

CARNES, NICHOLAS, and HANSEN, ERICR. "Does Paying Politicians More Promote Economic Diversity in Legislatures?." American Political Science Review 110.04 (November 2016): 699-716. Full Text

Carnes, N. "White-Collar Government in the United States." Swiss Political Science Review 21.2 (June 2015): 213-221. Full Text

Carnes, N, and Lupu, N. "Rethinking the Comparative Perspective on Class and Representation: Evidence from Latin America." American Journal of Political Science 59.1 (January 2015): 1-18. Full Text

Bellemare, MF, and Carnes, N. "Why do members of congress support agricultural protection?." Food Policy 50 (January 2015): 20-34. Full Text

Carnes, N, and Lupu, N. "Rethinking the comparative perspective on class and representation: Evidence from latin america." American Journal of Political Science 59.1 (2015): 1-18. Full Text

Carnes, N, and Lupu, N. "Rethinking the comparative perspective on class and representation: Evidence from Latin America." Working Paper of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies 394 (2013): 1-33.

Arnold, RD, and Carnes, N. "Holding Mayors Accountable: New York's Executives from Koch to Bloomberg." American Journal of Political Science 56.4 (October 2012): 949-963. (Academic Article)

Nicholas Carnes, . "Does the Numerical Underrepresentation of the Working Class in Congress Matter?." Legislative Studies Quarterly 37.1 (January 2012): 5-34. (Academic Article)