Charles Crabtree

|Assistant Professor
Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Government

My research focuses on fairness in politics, with applications to several areas, including the study of repression, human rights, policing, and immigration. Most of my work in this vein examines the politics, economics, and and sociology of discrimination. Specifically, I examine under what circumstances political actors and institutions treat members of the public differently based on their political views or personal demographics, and how the public views this treatment. Understanding discrimination is important as perceptions of fairness are fundamental to public evaluations of institutional legitimacy across regimes. Methodologically, I am interested in research design, experiments, measurement, and using computational tools to better understand the social world.

I have published my research in the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics [2x], Political Analysis, and in many other journals across political science, economics, legal studies, public administration, and sociology. My other writings have appeared in the South China Morning PostThe AtlanticThe HillThe Japan Times, and the Washington Post.


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  • B.A. University of Colorado at Boulder
  • M.A. Northwestern
  • M.A. Pennsylvania State University
  • Ph.D. University of Michigan