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Christopher Lee Carter

University of Virginia

Based in

United States
North America

Christopher Carter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and John L. Nau III Assistant Professor of the History and Principles of Democracy at the University of Virginia. He is also a Research Associate at the Center on the Politics of Development at the University of California, Berkeley. In his book project, he examines the emergence as well as the political and social effects of indigenous rights in the Americas. The research for this project won the 2020 APSA Best Fieldwork Award and the 2021 Juan Linz Prize for Best Dissertation in the Comparative Study of Democracy. He also has a growing research agenda on the salience of climate change in Andean South America.

Country(ies) of Specialty

Bolivia Peru

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics History Indigenous studies Social movements

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Carter, Christopher L. “Extraction, Assimilation, and Accommodation: The Historical Foundations of Indigenous–State Relations in Latin America.” American Political Science Review, vol. 118, no. 1, Feb. 2024, pp. 38–53. Cambridge University Press, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0003055423000333.

Carter, Christopher L. “Party System Erosion: Evidence from Peru.” Party Politics, vol. 26, no. 5, Sept. 2020, pp. 581–93. SAGE Journals, https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068818793915.

Carter, Christopher L. “The Autonomy-Representation Dilemma: Indigenous Groups and Distributive Benefits in the Americas.” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, vol. 7, no. 2, July 2022, pp. 294–315. Cambridge University Press, https://doi.org/10.1017/rep.2021.25.

Carter, Christopher L. “The Representational Effects of Communal Property: Evidence from Peru’s Indigenous Groups.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 54, no. 12, Oct. 2021, pp. 2191–225. SAGE Journals, https://doi.org/10.1177/0010414021997157.

Carter, Christopher L., and Alison E. Post. “Decentralization and Urban Governance in the Developing World: Experiences to Date and Avenues for Future Research.” Decentralized Governance and Accountability: Academic Research and the Future of Donor Programming, edited by Erik Wibbels and Jonathan A. Rodden, Cambridge University Press, 2019, pp. 178–204. Cambridge University Press, https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108615594.008.

Collier, Ruth Berins, Veena Dubal, and Christopher L. Carter. “Disrupting Regulation, Regulating Disruption: The Politics of Uber in the United States.” Perspectives on Politics, vol. 16, no. 4, Dec. 2018, pp. 919–37. Cambridge University Press, https://doi.org/10.1017/S1537592718001093.