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, N. "Adam Smith Would Be Spinning in His Grave." The Forum 15.1 (January 25, 2017). Full Text

CARNES, N, and LUPU, N. "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, N, and HANSEN, ER. "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)

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