Areas of Expertise
"... detailed but very accessible study ... Carnes identifies a problem with the American political system that has received minimal scrutiny." - Publishers Weekly
Podcast features Nick Carnes' work on "white collar government." Listen:
Listen to Nick Carnes give the 2018-2019 Thomas Langford Lecture:
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Awards and Honors
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)