Dick M. Carpenter II, Ph.D.
Director of Strategic Research
Dick Carpenter serves as the 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, Dick 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 the Journal of Special Education, The Forum, Education and Urban Society, Journal of School Choice, and Leadership and practitioner publications, such as Phi Delta Kappan and the American School Board Journal. Moreover, the results of his research are used by state education officials in accountability reporting and have been quoted in newspapers such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Week, and the Rocky Mountain News.
His research for IJ has resulted in reports such as Disclosure costs: Unintended consequences of campaign finance reform, Private choice in public programs: How private institutions secure social services for Arizonans, Private choice in public programs: How private institutions secure social services for Georgians, Designing cartels: How industry insiders cut out competition and Victimizing the Vulnerable: The Demographics of Eminent Domain Abuse.
Before working with IJ, Dick worked as a high school teacher, elementary school principal, public policy analyst and professor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.