About Me
Nick Carnes

I am Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, Chair of the American Political Science Association Organized Section on Economic and Social Class Inequality, and Co-Director of the North Carolina chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network.

My research focuses on U.S. politics, legislative decision making, representation, social class, economic inequality, and state and local politics.

My first book, White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making (University of Chicago Press, 2013), examines how the shortage of people from the working class in American legislatures skews the policymaking process towards outcomes that are more in line with the upper class's economic interests.

My second book, The Cash Ceiling: Why Only the Rich Run for Office--and What We Can Do About It (Princeton University Press, forthcoming September 2018), explores the factors that discourage lower-income and working-class Americans from holding public office and the programs that could help to address the economic gap between politicians and the people they represent.

My office is 227 Sanford Hall. You can reach me by email at nicholas.carnes@duke.edu.