Charles David Crabtree

Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College

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About Charles

Crabtree's research's focuses on fairness in politics, with applications to the study of discrimination, repression, human rights, policing, and immigration. Crabtree specifically examines under what circumstances political actors and institutions treat members of the public differently based on their political views or personal demographics, and how the public views this treatment.  Crabtree focuses on how understanding these phenomena are important as perceptions of fairness are fundamental to public evaluations of institutional legitimacy across regimes. Crabtree is methodologically interested in research design, experiments, and using computational tools to better understand the social world.

In the News

Opinion: "Territorial Contenders – A New Agenda for Conflict Research," Charles David Crabtree (with Douglas Lemke), Political Violence at a Glance , June 28, 2019.
Opinion: "Conflict Researchers Should Care About the Political Economy of Data Production," Charles David Crabtree (with Andrew Kerner), Political Violence at a Glance , March 8, 2018.
Opinion: "In Belarus, Europe’s “Last Dictator” Is Actually Allowing Protest. Here’s Why.," Charles David Crabtree (with Christopher J. Fariss and Paul Schuler), The Washington Post, July 24, 2017.
Opinion: "How Did West German TV Affect East German Protests?," Charles David Crabtree (with David Darmofal and Holger Kern), The Washington Post, February 26, 2015.


"Legislative Representation and Gender (Bias)" (with Sona N. Golder and Kostanca Dhima). Political Science (Forthcoming).

Shows that New Zealand legislators do not discriminate against political aspirants based on their gender.

"It’s All About Race: How State Legislators Respond to Immigrant Constituents" (with Micah Gell-Redman and Neil Visalvanich). Political Research Quarterly 71, no. 3 (2018): 517-531.
"Ideology Justifies Morality: Political Beliefs Predict Moral Foundations" (with Peter Hatemi and Kevin B. Smith). Journal of Political Science 63, no. 4 (2019): 788-806.

Shows that individual's moral foundations are not reliable predictors of their political ideology.

"Moving Beyond Measurement: Adapting Audit Studies to Test Bias-Reducing Interventions" (with Daniel M. Butler). Journal of Experimental Political Science 4, no. 1 (2017): 57-67.
"It’s Not Only What You Say, It’s Also How You Say It: The Strategic Use of Campaign Sentiment" (with Matt Golder, Thomas Gschwend, and Indriđi H. Indriđason). The Journal of Politics 82, no. 3 (2020).
"Persistent Bias Among Local Election Officials" (with D. Alex Hughes, Micah Gell-Redman, Natarajan Krishnaswami, Diana Rodenberger, and Guillermo Monge). Journal of Experimental Political Science (2019).