Research

I am very excited about my current research agenda, which extends my published work on repression and discrimination. Many of my ongoing projects center on the politics of policing. For example, in one project, I examine the extent to which public protests about police killings influence the attitudes of law enforcement officers. To do this, I leverage event data and a novel corpus of about 2.5 million bulletin board posts made by police in the United States. In another project, I assess the degree to which American law enforcement administrators exhibit racial preferences in recruitment practices. My experimental design allows me to determine whether any biases are the result of statistical or taste-based discrimination. In a third project, I exploit a natural experiment to examine how changes in police patrols affect voter turnout and incumbent support. The single thread that ties these and my other projects together is a concern with the deleterious effects of (a) racial biases and (b) state violence.

In addition to this set of projects, I have a number of working papers under review. Below are links to pre-prints for some of them. I have several other working papers posted in SocArXiv's paper repository.

Select Working Papers

  1. Steven Pfaff, Charles Crabtree, Holger L. Kern, and John B. Holbein. "Does Religious Bias Shape Access to Public Services? A Large-Scale Audit Experiment among Street-Level Bureaucrats.."
  2. Charles Crabtree, Matt Golder, Thomas Gschwend, and "It’s Not Only What you Say, It’s Also How You Say It: The Strategic Use of Campaign Sentiment."
  3. Charles Crabtree, Holger L. Kern, and David A. Siegel. "Cults of Personality, Preference Falsification, and the Dictator's Dilemma."
  4. Charles Crabtree, Holger L. Kern, and Matthew T. Pietryka. "Sponsorship Effects in Online Surveys."
  5. Kevin L. Cope, Charles Crabtree. "A Nationalist Backlash to International Refugee Law: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Turkey."