Carolyn Yvette Barnes

Carolyn Yvette Barnes

Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

External Address: 
209 Sanford Building, Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 613-9290

Carolyn Barnes is an assistant professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Carolyn completed a PhD in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Michigan, where she worked as an affiliate of the National Poverty Center conducting research on the effects of nonprofit community-based service provision on parenting practices and the psycho-social well being of families and children. Her research agenda broadly explores the social and political implications of social policy on low-income populations in the areas of childcare policy, family services, and supports for young children.Her current book project consists of an in-depth organizational ethnography that examines how publicly funded nonprofit social services shape the political behavior of the economically disadvantaged. With special attention to the role of broad neighborhood, policy, and political contexts, Carolyn has initiated a new line of research that takes an interdisciplinary approach to assess the health implications of federal and state supports for women and children.  


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 2014
  • B.A., Virginia Polytech Institute and State University 2008

Goss, K. A., et al. “Bringing Organizations Back In: Multilevel Feedback Effects on Individual Civic Inclusion.” Policy Studies Journal, vol. 47, no. 2, May 2019, pp. 451–70. Scopus, doi:10.1111/psj.12312. Full Text

Chauvenet, Christina, et al. “WIC Recipients in the Retail Environment: A Qualitative Study Assessing Customer Experience and Satisfaction.” Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vol. 119, no. 3, Elsevier BV, Mar. 2019, pp. 416-424.e2. Crossref, doi:10.1016/j.jand.2018.09.003. Full Text

Barnes, Carolyn, and Sarah Nolan. “Professionals, friends, and confidants: After-school staff as social support to low-income parents.” Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 98, Elsevier BV, Mar. 2019, pp. 238–51. Crossref, doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.01.004. Full Text

Barnes, C. Y., and J. R. Henly. “"They are underpaid and understaffed": How clients interpret encounters with street-level bureaucrats.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, vol. 28, no. 2, Apr. 2018, pp. 165–81. Scopus, doi:10.1093/jopart/muy008. Full Text Open Access Copy

Barnes, Carolyn Y., and Elan C. Hope. “Means-Tested Public Assistance Programs and Adolescent Political Socialization..” Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol. 46, no. 7, July 2017, pp. 1611–21. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s10964-016-0624-x. Full Text

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