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Last modified: Friday, December 3, 2010

IU's Carmines named 2011-12 fellow at Stanford center

Dec. 3, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Edward Carmines, the Warner O. Chapman Professor and Rudy Professor of Political Science in the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a 2011-12 fellowship at the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Carmines will spend either the entire academic year or the spring 2012 semester at Stanford, working on a book about the increased polarization of party politics in the United States and the mismatch between the political elites and the American public. This is the second time that Carmines has been selected as a CASBS fellow; he also spent the 2000-01 academic year at the center.

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"CASBS provides a unique setting and opportunity for social and behavioral scientists," he said. With a location just off the Stanford campus, "the whole idea is for fellows to be able to do their research and writing uninterrupted by outside distractions."

Established in 1954, CASBS awards fellowships to scholars working in the five core social and behavioral disciplines of anthropology, economics, political science, psychology and sociology as well as humanistic disciplines, education, linguistics and the biological sciences. Its formula is to invite highly intelligent, provocative, productive scholars to work at the center where they are freed from deadlines, teaching responsibilities, committee assignments, hierarchies and the constraints of disciplinary silos.

The program includes a seminar series in which fellows are invited to present their work, informal seminars for fellows with overlapping interests, daily lunches with other fellows, and special events and recreational activities. More information is available at

Carmines' book project, with a working title of Beyond the Left/Right Divide: How the Multidimensional Character of Mass Policy Preferences Is Affecting American Politics, will examine the implications of the way that American political parties have been transformed in the last several decades.

Both major parties have largely abandoned the center and assumed a one-dimensional approach to political ideology, Carmines said. But members of the public are more likely to locate themselves in the center, and many people are economic conservatives and social liberals, or vice versa. Americans who don't share the parties' orientation are ambivalent about politics and less likely to take an active role.

Carmines is director of research for the Center on Congress and director of the Center on American Politics at Indiana University. His research focuses on American politics, especially elections, public opinion, and political behavior.