I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University and a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. I was previously a pre-doctoral research fellow in the Quantitative Social Science program at Dartmouth College, working for Bright Line Watch.


I study public opinion and political behavior, with an emphasis on democratic norms, identity politics, and survey methodology in both the United States and abroad. My dissertation project examines how citizens reacts to democratic backsliding as it incrementally unfolds in front of them. My research has been published or is forthcoming at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Political Science Research and MethodsPolitical Behavior, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, and Politics, Groups, and Identities, among others, and has received coverage in a variety of major media outlets. My book, Campus Diversity: The Hidden Consensus, was published at Cambridge University Press in 2020. You can find a copy of my CV here, or click on the Research tab to learn more about what I'm working on.

I received my BA from Dartmouth College in 2018 with a double major in Government and French. You can contact me at kpc14@stanford.edu, or kclayton91496@gmail.com. For triathlon coaching inquiries, please visit https://www.theendurancedrive.com/.