Paweł Charasz

Hello! I'm Paweł Charasz (pronounced as: ˈpa.vɛw xa.raʂ).

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Brown University. I defended my Ph.D. dissertation at the Department of Political Science at Duke University in July 2022. I was previously a pre-doctoral Fellow with the Program for Advanced Research in the Social Sciences (PARISS) at the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) of Duke University.

My research interests are in comparative politics, political economy, and economic history. I study the long-run effects of institutions and political processes on economic and political development, with an emphasis on cities and municipalities. My dissertation explores the role of one such particular institutionthe city charter.

In my research, I take an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on insights not only from my field of political science but also from economics, history, geography, law, sociology, and beyond. My work combines theory building with empirical rigor, utilizes original data, and integrates multiple methods such as econometric analysis, GIS mapping, game theory, survey experiments, and archival research.

Before beginning my doctoral studies, I graduated with a BSc in Economics from Tilburg University, an MSc in International Political Economy from Nanyang Technological University, and an MA in Economics from Duke University.


Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Brown University

25 George St

Providence, RI 02911

E-mail: pawel_charasz (at)