Dick Carpenter is a professor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and Director of Strategic Research at the Institute for Justice, where he has published on a variety of topics ranging from educational policy to the dynamics of presidential elections.

His articles, reports, and book chapters have been cited in White House reports and by the United States Supreme Court.

Previously, he worked as a school teacher and principal.

As a classically trained percussionist, he performs regularly in Colorado. He has flown private planes for 20+ years.