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Sara Chatfield

  • Lisa Conant

    Sara Chatfield

Assistant Professor
Sturm Hall, Room 473
Phone: 303-871-2136


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).


University of California, Berkeley – PhD in Political Science, 2014
University of California, Berkeley – MA in Political Science, 2007
Oberlin College – BA in Politics with highest honors, 2006


"Married Women's Economic Rights Reform in State Legislatures and Courts, 1839-1920." Studies in American Political Development, 2018.

"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.

"Is Federalism a Political Safety Valve? Evidence from Congressional Decision-Making, 1960–2005" (with Philip Rocco). Publius 44:1, Winter 2014.

"Who Matches? Propensity Scores and Bias in the Causal Effects of Education on Participation" (with John Henderson). Journal of Politics 73:3, July 2011.

"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).