On April 17, the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma will host Professor Nicholas Carnes for a free public lecture titled, “Who’s Keeping Working-Class Americans Out of Office? Political Gatekeepers and the Unequal Makeup of Government.” The lecture will begin at 7:00pm in the J.J. Rhyne Community Room, located in the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma. The event is co-sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Political Science and Economics clubs and the Oklahoma Scholars Strategy Network.
Professor Carnes is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. His research examines the factors that prevent working-class people from running for office, the effect this over-representation of wealthy Americans in legislatures has on political outcomes, and possible ways to address these inequalities.
Carnes earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Tulsa and his Master of Arts in Politics and Ph.D. in Politics and Public Policy at Princeton University. In 2013, Carnes won both the Harold D. Lasswell Award from the American Political Science Association and the Carl Albert Dissertation Award, co-sponsored by the Legislative Studies Section of the APSA and the Carl Albert Center. Professor Carnes helped develop the Oklahoma chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network and serves as the Co-Director of the Research Triangle SSN Regional Network. This past November, he released his book, White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy-making with the University of Chicago Press.
The Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work is located at 700 Elm Avenue, Norman. The public is invited to stay for a reception following the lecture.