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Daniel P. Carpenter

Faculty Associate


Daniel P. Carpenter

Daniel Carpenter is Allie S. Freed Professor of Government and Chair of the department of government in Harvard University. Carpenter's research on petitioning appears in his book The Democracy of Petitions: Popular Politics in Transformation, 1790-1870 (Harvard University Press, 2021); and in L’éruption patriote: The Revolt against Dalhousie and the Petitioning Explosion in Nineteenth-Century French Canada, Social Science HistorySocial Science History (2019, with Doris Brossard); Recruitment by Petition: American Antislavery, French Protestantism, English Suppression, Perspective on Politics Perspective on Politics (September 2016); Paths of Recruitment: Rational Social Prospecting in Petition Canvassing, American Journal of Political Science (2018, with Clayton Nall and Benjamin Schneer), which was awarded the AJPS Best Article Award for 2018; Party Emergence Through Petitions: The Whigs and the Bank War of 1832-34; Studies in American Political Development (October 2015, with Benjamin Schneer), and When Canvassers Became Activists: Antislavery Petitioning and the Political Mobilization of American Women, American Political Science Review (August 2014, with Colin D. Moore), which was awarded the Mary Parker Follett Prize of the American Political Science Association for best article in political history of 2014.


  • Allie S. Freed Professor of Government & Chair, Department of Government, Harvard University
  • Faculty Associate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University