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Sara Chatfield

  • Sara Chatfield

    Sara Chatfield

Assistant Professor
Sturm Hall, Room 473
Email: sara.chatfield@du.edu

Areas of expertise/research interests

American politics, American political development, Public law, Gender and politics, Political behavior

Professional biography

Sara Chatfield is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Denver. Prior to coming to DU, she was a postdoc in the political science department at MIT and taught courses in American politics and law at Tufts University.

Her research focuses on the development of married women’s economic rights in U.S. state courts, legislatures, and constitutional conventions in the 1800s and early 1900s. She also conducts research on political behavior (including various aspects of political participation and vote choice) and American political development (including congressional politics and analysis of historical polling data).

Education

University of California, Berkeley – PhD in Political Science, 2014

University of California, Berkeley – Master of Arts in Political Science, 2007

Oberlin College – Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors in Politics, 2006

Publications

"An Empirical Justification for the Use of Draft Lottery Numbers as a Random Treatment in Political Science Research" (with Adam Berinsky). Political Analysis 23:3, Summer 2015.  http://pan.oxfordjournals.org/content/23/3/449.full

"Is Federalism a Political Safety Valve? Evidence from Congressional Decision-Making, 1960–2005" (with Philip Rocco). Publius 44:1, Winter 2014. http://publius.oxfordjournals.org/content/44/1/1.abstract?keytype=ref&ijkey=WzShzmx689eMnjW

"Who Matches? Propensity Scores and Bias in the Causal Effects of Education on Participation" (with John Henderson). Journal of Politics 73:3, July 2011. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1y3LDYRkqElNDY3YTQ5OTgtYTU4Mi00OGYyLWI4NjItMTE0NjU4YWJlY2Zl/view

"Untangling the Education Effect: Moving Educational Interventions into the Experimental Frontier" (with John Henderson). In Resources, Engagement, and Recruitment: New Advances in the Study of Civic Voluntarism, Casey A. Klofstad (Ed.), Philadelphia: Temple University Press (2016).  http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/2391_reg.html