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

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 BrightLineWatch.org, 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

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Department(s): 
Government
Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies
Quantitative Social Science
Education: 
B.A. Harvard University
Ph.D. University of California at San Diego

Selected Publications

Recent Articles

“The ephemeral effects of fact-checks on COVID-19 misperceptions: Evidence from the United States, Great Britain, and Canada.” Co-authored with Andrew M. Guess, Peter John Loewen, Eric Merkley, Brendan Nyhan, Joseph B. Phillips, and Jason Reifler. Nature Human Behavior. Forthcoming.  https://osf.io/yezgv/

“Disfavor or favor? Assessing the valence of white Americans’ racial attitudes.” Co-authored with Alexander Agadjanian, Yusaku Horiuchi, and Timothy J. Ryan. Quarterly Journal of Political Science. Forthcoming. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3701331

“Learning how others perceive COVID-19 vaccination has minimal effect on uptake intentions: Evidence from injunctive norm and contentiousness treatments in Great Britain, Canada, and the United States.” Co-authored with Tracy Keirns, Peter John Loewen, Eric Merkley, Brendan Nyhan, Joseph B. Phillips, Judy Rees, and Jason Reifler. PNAS – Nexus. Forthcoming.

“Partisanship unmasked: The role of politics and social norms in COVID-19 mask-wearing behavior.” Co-authored with Andrew M. Guess, Brendan Nyhan, Joseph B. Phillips, and Jason Reifler. Journal of Experimental Political Science. Forthcoming.

“The Effect of Electoral Inversions on Democratic Legitimacy: Evidence from the United States.” Co-authored with Gretchen Helmke, Brendan Nyhan, Mitchell Sanders, Susan C. Stokes, and Shun Yamaya. British Journal of Political Science. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1017/S000712342100048X

“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. https://doi.org/10.1080/17457289.2020.1790577. 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. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aaw7449. 2020.

 

Books

Campus Diversity: The Hidden Consensus. Co-authored with Katherine P. Clayton and Yusaku Horiuchi. Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Legislative Voting and Accountability.  Cambridge University Press. 2009.

Term Limits in the State Legislatures.  Co-authored with Richard Niemi and Lynda Powell.  University of Michigan Press. 2000.

Executive Decree Authority.  Co-authored/edited with Matthew S. Shugart.  Cambridge University Press.  1998.

Term Limits and Legislative Representation. Cambridge University Press. 1996.

Presidents and Assemblies:  Constitutional Design and Electoral Dynamics.  Co-authored with Matthew S. Shugart.  Cambridge University Press. 1992.

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