Sara Chatfield

Sara Chatfield

Assistant Professor

What I do

Assistant Professor of Political Science


American political development, American Politics, gender and politics, political behavior, public law

Professional Biography

Sara Chatfield is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Denver. Her research focuses on American political development, women in politics, and political behavior. She is currently working on a book manuscript on the politics of married women's economic rights reform in the 1800s and early 1900s. Dr. Chatfield teaches classes on American politics and law, including Constitutional Law I, Judicial Politics, and a freshman seminar on the politics of bathrooms.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2014
  • MA, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2007
  • BA, Politics, Oberlin College, 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • American Political Science Association


Dr. Chatfield's research focuses on the development of married women’s economic rights in U.S. state courts, legislatures, and constitutional conventions in the 1800s and early 1900s. She also conducts research on political behavior (including various aspects of political participation and vote choice) and American political development (including congressional politics and analysis of historical polling data).

Areas of Research

American politics
American political development
gender and politics
public law
political behavior

Featured Publications

Berinsky, Adam J., and Sara Chatfield. “An Empirical Justification for the Use of Draft Lottery Numbers as a Random Treatment in Political Science Research.” Political Analysis 23.3 (2015): 1-6.
Chatfield, Sara, and Philip Rocco. “Is Federalism a Political Safety Valve? Evidence from Congressional Decision-Making, 1960–2005.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 44.1 (2014): 1-23.
Henderson, John, and Sara Chatfield. “Who Matches? Propensity Scores and Bias in the Causal Effects of Education on Participation.” Journal of Politics 73.3 (2011): 646-658.