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Clayton M. Nall

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Clayton M. Nall

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., Harvard University


Clayton Nall is an Assistant Professor of Political Science.  His research focuses on American political geography, with an emphasis on the role of the state and public policy in the creation of place-based interests.  Clayton's book manuscript, The Road to Inequality, examines how the largest public works project in US history created Republican suburbs, increased the urban-suburban political divide, and led to reduced investment in urban infrastructure.  The dissertation version of this manuscript won the Harvard Department of Government’s Toppan Prize for best dissertation in political science and the American Political Science Association's William Anderson Award for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state and local politics.  Clayton's other research projects encompass public policy, causal inference, political geography, and American political development.  His peer-reviewed articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Statistical Science, and The Lancet.