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Dick Carpenter

Institute for Justice
Director of Strategic Research

Dr. Dick Carpenter serves as a director of strategic research for the Institute for Justice. He works with IJ staff and attorneys to define, implement and manage social science research related to the Institute’s mission. As an experienced researcher, Carpenter has presented and published on a variety of topics ranging from educational policy to the dynamics of presidential elections. His work has appeared in academic journals, such as Economic Development Quarterly, Economic Affairs, Fordham Urban Law Journal, and Regulation and Governance. Moreover, the results of his research have been quoted in newspapers such as the New York TimesWashington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Before working with IJ, Dick worked as a school teacher and principal, public policy analyst and faculty member at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, where he currently serves as a professor. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.