Nicholas Carnes

Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy (2018 - 2023)

Nicholas Carnes is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the Sanford School of Public Policy. His research focuses on how the political process in the United States combats, reinforces, or reproduces economic inequalities. He has written two books – White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making and The Cash Ceiling: Why Only the Rich Run for Office-And What We Can Do About It (forthcoming). Professor Carnes is committed to transformative teaching through innovative methods pushing flipped classroom across Duke. His aim in teaching is to allow students to understand why politics matter. Outside of teaching, Professor Carnes is also an avid mentor for many graduate students and supervising four undergraduate honors theses. Importantly, he has shown deep dedication to diversity and inclusion. As an active member of Sanford school’s committee on diversity and based on his interest in economic inequality—and his own experience as a first-generation college student—last year he became a mentor and pre-major advisor for the inaugural class of scholars in the David Rubenstein Scholars Program for first-generation students from low-income families. Overall, he is described as being innovative and collaborative across disciplines and ranks.