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Frank R. Baumgartner

Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
313 Hamilton Hall
Campus Box 3265
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3265, USA
Phone 919 962 3041
Fax 919 962 0432

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This is the UNC web page for Prof. Frank R. Baumgartner. This page contains biographical information; please use the links to the left to find his CV, teaching materials, published books and articles, conference papers, and links to web sites and research projects in which he is involved.


Biographical statement


Frank R. Baumgartner, of UNC-Chapel Hill, has written extensively on the topics of public policy, lobbying, and framing in both US and comparative perspectives. His most recent book is Suspect Citizens (Cambridge, 2018), focusing on racial differences in the outcomes of routine traffic stops. In 2019 he was recognized with the C. Herman Pritchett Best Book Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Assocation (for Suspect Citizens), and with the Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award from the APSA Section on Comparative Politics (for the Comparative Agendas Project).


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Prof. Baumgartner lives in Chapel Hill, NC with his spouse, Jennifer E. Thompson, co-author of the New York Times best-seller Picking Cotton and advocate for judicial reform, the rights and needs of crime victims and surviving family members, increasing awareness about sexual violence, and the elimination of the death penalty. He serves on the Board of Directors of Healing Justice, an organization Jennifer created in 2015. Healing Justice promotes restorative justice principles in wrongful conviction cases, assists with the provision of services to individuals harmed by wrongful convictions, and creates opportunities to unify the diverse voices of those harmed in order to prevent future wrongful convictions. (Jennifer's book was recently listed #3 in a list of the best books of all time on the topic of miscarriages of justice, one ahead of The Count of Monte Cristo.)



Prof. Baumgartner has a bajillion nephews and a brilliant and inspiring wife.

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updated: June 17, 2019

2-page CV




Conference Papers

Policy Agendas


Death Penalty


Traffic Stops

Student Research

PhD Placement

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