John Michael Carey

Academic Appointments
  • Associate Dean for the Social Sciences

  • John Wentworth Professor in the Social Sciences

  • Professor of Government

  • Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Professor Carey teaches the introductory course, Politics of the World, upper-level courses on elections and on the politics in Latin America, and a seminar on foreign aid. His research is on what makes democracies thrive and why they sometimes fail. He has published widely on the design of electoral rules and how they affect the quality of representation. Recently, he has also conducted research on why people believe in conspiracy theories, and what are the effects on politics. A separate project focuses on what students really think about campus diversity. Professor Carey is also a co-founder of, an initiative that monitors the quality of U.S. democracy. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012. Lots more information about his work, as well as links to public data, are available on his website


646 1130
226 Silsby Hall
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  • B.A. Harvard University
  • Ph.D. University of California at San Diego

Selected Publications

  • Recent Articles

  • “Who will defend democracy? Evaluating tradeoffs in candidate support among partisan donors and voters.” Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Policy. Co-authored with Katherine Clayton, Gretchen Helmke, Brendan Nyhan, Mitchell Sanders, and Susan C. Stokes. 2020.

  • “The effects of corrective information about disease epidemics and outbreaks: Evidence from Zika and Yellow Fever in Brazil.” Co-authored with Victoria Chi, D.J. Flynn, Brendan Nyhan, and Thomas Zeitzoff. Science Advances 6(5): eaaw7449. 2020.

  • Searching for a bright line: The first year of the Trump presidency.” Co-authored with Gretchen Helmke, Brendan Nyhan, Mitchell Sanders, and Susan C. Stokes. Perspectives on Politics 17(3):699-718. 2019.

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