Christopher Carrigan

Chris Carrigan
Associate Director and Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration, Trachtenberg School
Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20052
[email protected]
Professor Carrigan's CV

Areas of Expertise

Bureaucratic Politics
Public Administration and Policy
Political Economy

Christopher Carrigan is the Trachtenberg School’s Associate Director as well as Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration and a Co-Director of the GW Regulatory Studies Center. His research focuses on regulatory and bureaucratic policymaking, exploring the effects of organizational design on agency rulemaking and enforcement practices, political responses to disasters in regulated industries, factors that influence rule timing and durability, and the role supporting analysis plays in regulatory outcomes. Professor Carrigan is author of the Cambridge University Press book, Structured to Fail? Regulatory Performance under Competing Mandates, and co-editor of the University of Pennsylvania Press volume, Does Regulation Kill Jobs? He teaches courses on microeconomics and applied statistics and was the recipient of the inaugural Trachtenberg School full-time faculty outstanding teaching award as well as the faculty speaker at the 2016 Columbian College of Arts and Sciences graduation celebration for master’s and doctoral degree recipients. Professor Carrigan holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a BA in economics from Davidson College.

Professor Carrigan's CV


Harvard University, Ph.D., Public Policy, 2012
University of Chicago, M.B.A., Economics, Finance, and Statistics, High Honors, 2003 (Omicron Delta Epsilon)
Davidson College, B.A., Economics, Cum Laude, 1994 (Phi Beta Kappa)

Personal Interests

All-Southern Conference college baseball player
Minor league pitcher in "Class A" Frontier League

Classes Taught

PPPA 6002 (Research Methods and Applied Statistics)
PPPA 6003 (Economics for Public Decision-Making)