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Evan Charney, Associate Professor of the Practice of Public Policy and Political Science; Fellow, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences  

Office Location: 250 Rubenstein Hall
Office Phone: (919) 208-8691
Duke Box: 90239
Email Address: echar@duke.edu
Web Page: http://www.duke.edu/~echar/

Areas of Expertise

  • Science, Genomics and Genetics

Ph.D., Harvard University, 2000
M.A., Harvard University, 1996
M.A., Harvard University, 1993
B.A., CUNY Hunter College, 1987

Research Categories: Behavioral Genetics

Research Description: Behavioral genetics, neurobiology, psychology and political psychology, theories of personality, methodology of the social sciences, philosophy of biology, philosophy of science

Teaching (Fall 2015):   (typical courses)

  • Pubpol 302d.001, Pol choice/val conflict Synopsis
    Sanford 05, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
  • Pubpol 590s.11, Adv top in public policy Synopsis
    Sanford 102, M 06:15 PM-08:45 PM

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. E. Charney. "Conservatives, liberals, and "the negative": Commentary on John R. Hibbing, Kevin B. Smith, and John R. Alford, "Differences in Negativity Bias Underlie Variations in Political Ideology"." Behavioral and Brain Sciences (Forthcoming).
  2. E. Charney. "Genetics and the Life Course." Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Forthcoming  [abs]
  3. E. Charney. "Can Tasks be Inherently Boring? Commentary on Robert Kurzban, Angela Duckworth, Joseph W. Kable, and Justus Myers, “An Opportunity Cost Model of Subjective Effort and Task Performance"." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36.6 (December, 2013): 684.  [abs]
  4. E. Charney. "Behavioural genetics in the postgenomic era." eLS, John Wiley & Sons (Forthcoming).  [abs]
  5. E. Charney. "Politics and Biology." Perspectives on Politics 11.2 (June, 2013): 588-61. [edit], [doi]
  6. E. Charney. "Gene Association Studies." Biotechnology in Our Lives. Ed. Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber Skyhorse, 2013
  7. E. Charney. Still Chasing Ghosts: A New Genetic Methodology Will Not Find the “Missing Heritability”.  Independent Science News (September 19, 2013). [available here]

Charney's research concerns genetic, biological, neurobiological, and evolutionary explanations of human psychology and behavior, ranging from personality to political orientation, and ecompassing such fields as behavior genetics, neuroeconomics, and "genopolitics." Related research concerns the philosophy of biology and science. He has published articles in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Advances in Child Development and Behavior, The American Political Science Review, and Perspectives on Politics.

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

Evan Charney