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Nicholas W. Carnes
Creed C. Black Associate Professor
Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Associate Professor of Political Science
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center

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Ph.D., Princeton University (2011)
M.A., Princeton University (2008)
A.B., The University of Tulsa (2006)


Cash ceiling book jacket New book: The Cash Ceiling: Why Only the Rich Run for Office - And What We Can Do About It.

 "... 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:




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)

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