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. Beginning in August 2024, I will be an Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen). 

My research interests are in comparative politics and political economy. 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. 

Methodologically, my work combines archival research, game-theoretic modeling, historical and qualitative analysis, case studies, applied data science, GIS mapping, and causal inference.

I defended my Ph.D. dissertation at the Department of Political Science at Duke University in July 2022. I was previously a Fellow with the Program for Advanced Research in the Social Sciences (PARISS) at the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) of Duke University. 

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)