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Caroline Tervo

J.D. Candidate, Duke Law School, Duke University
Chapter Member: North Carolina SSN

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About Caroline

Tervo is a J.D. candidate at Duke Law School and a research consultant in the Harvard Government Department. She is the co-editor (with Theda Skocpol) of Upending American Politics: Polarizing Parties, Ideological Elites, and Citizen Activists from the Tea Party to the Anti-Trump Resistance (Oxford University Press 2020). Her research focuses on citizen grassroots organizing and on state and local political party building. Overarching themes in her writings include partisan shifts and politically engaged special interest groups.


Local Political Parties as Networks: A Guide to Self-Assessment

  • Lara Putnam
  • Tabatha Abu El-Haj
  • Joseph Anthony
  • Jacob M. Grumbach
  • Alexander W. Hertel-Fernandez
  • Adam Seth Levine
  • Caroline Tervo

How to Revitalize America's Local Political Parties

  • Kenneth T. Andrews
  • Hahrie Han
  • Lara Putnam
  • Daniel Schlozman
  • Theda Skocpol Vanessa S. Williamson
  • Sarah E. James
  • Caroline Tervo
  • Michael Zoorob

In the News

Interviewed in "Upending American Politics," (with Theda Skocpol) Library of Congress, 2020.


"Institutional Capacities, Partisan Divisions, and Federal Tensions in U.S. Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic" (with Sarah E. James and Caroline Tervo). RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 8, no. 8 (2022): 154-180.

Documents COVID-era policy decisions at the state level. Demonstrates that the extent to which state officials supported Trump's approach to the pandemic is correlated with the timing and type of COVID policies implemented.