Christopher F. Karpowitz is Director of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy (CSED) and Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He has received the International Society of Political Psychology’s Erik Erikson Award for Early Career Achievement and the Emerging Scholar Award from the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association. In 2015, he was a Senior Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. Prior to arriving at BYU, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Democracy and Human Values at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values.
Professor Karpowitz has published several books, including most recently Deliberation, Democracy, and Civic Forums: Improving Equality and Publicity (with Chad Raphael, Cambridge University Press) and The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation, and Institutions (with Tali Mendelberg, Princeton University Press). The Silent Sex received several awards, including the Philip E. Converse Award for an outstanding book published 5 or more years ago (APSA’s Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section), the David O. Sears Award for the best book in the field of mass politics (International Society of Political Psychology), the Robert E. Lane Award for the best book in political psychology (APSA’s Political Psychology Section), and the Best Book Award for a book using experimental methods (APSA Experimental Research Section). He has also published chapters in a variety of edited volumes and scholarly articles in the American Political Science Review, The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, The British Journal of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, Political Communication, Politics & Society, and others.
Professor Karpowitz’s research interests include political psychology, political behavior, political communication, gender and politics, and political participation. Much of his research explores how citizens participate in and experience democratic institutions and processes, with special attention to democratic and deliberative theory. His research employs a variety of research methods, including lab, survey, and field experiments. He is a co-founder of the CSED Research Lab at BYU.
Professor Karpowitz received a B.A. in political science and M.A. in American Studies from Brigham Young University. He completed a certificate of graduate studies in political theory at Duke University prior to receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. in American politics at Princeton University.