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Evan Charney, Associate Professor of the Practice and Political Science and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society  

Office Location: 250 Rubenstein Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 613-9213
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

Typical Courses Taught:

  • Pubpol 116d, Pol choice/val conflict
  • Pubpol 316, Ethics and policy-making
  • Pubpol 316, Ethics and policy-making

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. Charney, E. "Cytoplasmic inheritance redux.." Advances in Child Development and Behavior 44 (January, 2013): 225-255. [edit], [doi]  [abs]
  6. Charney, E; English, W. "Genopolitics and the science of genetics." American Political Science Review 107.2 (January, 2013): 382-395. [edit], [doi]  [abs]
  7. E. Charney. "Politics and Biology." Perspectives on Politics 11.2 (June, 2013): 588-61. [edit], [doi]
  8. E. Charney. "Gene Association Studies." Biotechnology in Our Lives. Ed. Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber Skyhorse, 2013
  9. Charney, E. "Behavior Genetics and Post Genomics." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 35.6 (December, 2012): 1-80. [open], [doi]  [abs]
  10. Charney, E; English, W. "Candidate genes and political behavior." American Political Science Review 106.1 (February, 2012): 1-34. [open], [doi]  [abs]
  11. 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