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Charlotte Cavaille

Charlotte Cavaillé

Faculty Associate


Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies

Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Ford School of Public Policy


PhD Government and Social Policy 2014 Harvard University


Charlotte Cavaillé’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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Charlotte Cavaillé is an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Previously, she was a visiting fellow at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and an assistant professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Through her research, which has appeared in the Journal of Politics and the American Political Science Review, Cavaillé examines the dynamics of popular attitudes towards redistributive social policies at a time of rising inequality, high fiscal stress, and high levels of immigration. She is currently turning her dissertation, which received the 2016 Mancur Olson Best Dissertation Award, into a book manuscript entitled Asking for More: Support for Redistribution in the Age of Inequality. Building on that work, she also studies the relationship between immigration, the welfare state, and the rise of populism.


Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan
426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104–2321, United States


Phone: 734–764–3490
Phone: 734–764–8354
Email: [email protected]

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Selected Publications

Please also see Charlotte Cavaillé’s Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Her book is Fair Enough? Support for Redistribution in the Age of Inequality (Cambridge University Press, 2023).

“How Distributional Conflict over In-Kind Benefits Generates Support for Far-Right Parties,” with Jeremy Ferwerda (Dartmouth). Winner of the 2017 Best Paper Award for the APSA Migration and Citizenship section. The Journal of Politics (Forthcoming)

“Elite Cues and Economic Policy Attitudes: The Mediating Role of Economic Hardship.” Political Behavior (2022). (with A. Neundorf)”
A Decision-Theoretic Approach to Understanding Survey Response: Likert vs. Quadratic Voting for Attitudinal Research” University of Chicago Law Review 87, 22-43, (with DL Chen and K. Van Der Straeten)

“The two facets of social policy preferences,” The Journal of Politics 77 (1), 146-160, (with KS Trump)


“Why do Some Hold More Punishing Attitudes than Others? Implications for Social Policy Preferences.”

“Measuring Preference Intensity: Quadratic Voting for Survey Research versus Conjoint Analysis Applied to Welfare Chauvinism”

“Social Solidarity in France During the Great Depression: Did Immigration Hinder the Creation of Unemployment Funds.” (With Anne Degraves and Victor Gay)

“World War I and Women’s Political Rights: Why Did France Fail to Pass Universal Suffrage?” (With Victor Gay)

“Can Machine Learning Help With Theory Generation?” (With Sabina Tomkins)