Professor Christopher Carman
- Professor (Politics)
Christopher J. Carman (Ph.D., 2000, University of Houston) is the Stevenson Professor of Citizenship at the University of Glasgow. He has previously taught at the Universities of Strathclyde and Pittsburgh. He research focuses on political representation and its alternatives (e.g., public petitions systems), elections and electoral processes, public opinion and pulic (environmental) policy. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as co-authored several books examining politics, elections and representation in the United States, Scotland and the wider United Kingdom.
At the University of Glasgow Professor Carman has served as the Head of Subject (Politics & International Relations), the Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences (the largest School in the University, made up of the subject areas of Politics; Sociology; Urban Studies & Public Policy; Economic & Social History; and Central & Eastern European Studies); the Deputy Head of the School and Research Convener of Social and Poltical Sciences and the Glasgow Academic Dean of the Glasgow-Nankai Joint Graduate School.
Professor Carman is a Co-Investigator on the ESRC-funded Scottish Election Study (SES) since 2011 (when he served as the Proncipal Investigator). The SES is the primary academic election study on Scottish Parliament Elections. More information can be found at:
He is also a Co-Investigator on UK Team of the NORFACE-funded RUDE: Rural and Urban Divide in Europe:
And he is working on a project examing public preferences for, and perceptions of political compromise in the United States and UK.
I am happy to supervise PhD students examining:
- Public Opinion and Survey Data
- Scottish Politics, especially Scottish Elections and the Scottish Parliament
- Political Representation and its Alternatives
- Direct Democracy
- U.S. Politics, especially Elections and Legislative Politics
- Comparative Legislative Politics
- Comparative Public Opinion
Professor Carman is the Stevenson Professor of Citizenship.
The Stevenson Trust for Citizenship was established in 1921 by a bequest to the University from Sir Daniel Macaulay Stevenson (1851 – 1944) a Glasgow-born engineer, politician and philanthropist.
Purpose of the Stevenson Trust:
“... to make provision in Glasgow for instruction in the rights, duties, and obligations of citizens in relation to the city, the state, and the commonwealth of nations; to promote study, inquiry and research in subjects bearing on local government, national polity, and international community; and thereby to emphasize the compatibility of civic or local with national patriotism, and of both with full and free international co-operation.” D.M.Stevenson
The Stevenson Trust hosts a series of very popular public lectures at the University of Glasgow. In addition, the Trust supports research into matters relating to citizenship and democratic processes & norms in Scotland and beyond.
Form more information on the Stevenson Trust, see:
Recordings of the Trusts' public lectures may be accessed at: