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Nicholas W Carnes, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Faculty Affiliate, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy, Duke Population Research Institute  

Office Location: 227 Sanford Bldg
Office Phone: 919-613-7330
Duke Box: 90245
Email Address: nicholas.carnes@duke.edu
Web Page: http://www.duke.edu/~nwc8

Areas of Expertise

  • American Government and Politics
    • Congressional Decision-making and Reform
    • Political Participation

PhD, Politics and Social Policy, Princeton University, 2011
MA, Politics, Princeton University, 2008
BA, Political Science, University of Tulsa, 2006

Research Categories: American Government and Politics; Economic and Social Class Inequality; Legislative Politics; Representation and Political Accountability

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Nicholas Carnes. We Need Blue-Collar Candidates.  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (October 10, 2013), Raleigh News and Observer (October 10, 2013), Contra Costa Times (October 11, 2013), Oakland Tribune (October 11, 2013), Newark Star-Ledger (October 15, 2013), and Detroit Free Press (October 17, 2013) (October, 2013).
  2. Nicholas Carnes. How Poorer Politicians can Shatter the Cash Ceiling.  Bangor Daily News (October 1, 2013).
  3. Nicholas Carnes and Noam Lupu. Como Afecta el Gobierno de los Privilegiados a la Democracia?.  Condistintosacentos (September 15, 2013).
  4. Nicholas Carnes and David Broockman. "The Promise of Union Programs that Recruit and Support Workers to Run for Public Office." SSN Basic Facts (August, 2013).
  5. Nicholas Carnes and Noam Lupu. "How Government by the Privileged Distorts Democracies." SSN Key Findings (July, 2013).

Curriculum Vitae


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.

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

Nicholas W Carnes