I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California, a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, and a Faculty Affiliate at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. I received a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where I was a fellow at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.

I study politics in the world's autocracies. My first book, Propaganda in Autocracies (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press), probes the politics of propaganda. My second book project, Inside Dictatorship, explores how Africa's autocrats have learned to survive in the post-Cold War world. My articles have appeared in the Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Security Studies, and Journal of Democracy, among others.

My work has been featured by the The New York Times and NPR's Radio Lab. I regularly contribute to a variety of online platforms, including the National Endowment for Democracy's Power 3.0 Project, African Arguments, Africa is a Country, and Political Violence at a Glance. I can be reached via Twitter or email (blcarter@usc.edu, blcarter@stanford.edu). My Google Scholar profile is here; my CV is here.