Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Carnes’s research focuses on Congress, state and local legislatures, with a special focus on representation and political accountability, and the influence of legislators’ backgrounds on economic policy and inequalities of social class.
Argues that paying higher salaries to elected officials encourages more white-collar professionals, rather than more blue-collar workers, to run for office.
Looks at whether the social class divide between citizens and their representatives matter. Argues that legislators’ socioeconomic backgrounds have a profound impact on both how they view issues and the choices they make in office.