Associate Professor of Political Science
Professor Johnston teaches courses in public opinion, political behavior, and political methodology, with an emphasis on the application of psychological theory and methods to mass politics. His teaching and research examine the motivational underpinnings of political judgment and decision making. His research appears in a wide range of journals in political science, and he is co-author of The Ambivalent Partisan: How Critical Loyalty Promotes Democracy (2012, Oxford University Press), which won book of the year in mass politics from the International Society of Political Psychology, and book of the year in political psychology from the American Political Science Association. Professor Johnston is a member of the editorial board for Advances in Political Psychology.
- Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook 2011
Johnston, C. D., et al. Open versus Closed: Personality, identity, and the politics of redistribution. 2017, pp. 1–282.
Lavine, H. G., et al. The Ambivalent Partisan: How Critical Loyalty Promotes Democracy. 2013, pp. 1–318. Scopus, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772759.001.0001. Full Text
Johnston, C. D. “Authoritarianism, Affective Polarization, and Economic Ideology.” Political Psychology, vol. 39, Feb. 2018, pp. 219–38. Scopus, doi:10.1111/pops.12483. Full Text
Johnston, C. D., and A. O. Ballard. “Economists and public opinion: Expert consensus and economic policy judgments.” Journal of Politics, vol. 78, no. 2, Apr. 2016, pp. 443–56. Scopus, doi:10.1086/684629. Full Text
Johnston, C. D., and B. J. Newman. “Economic Inequality and U.S. Public Policy Mood Across Space and Time.” American Politics Research, vol. 44, no. 1, Jan. 2016, pp. 164–91. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1532673X15588361. Full Text
Newman, B. J., et al. “False Consciousness or Class Awareness? Local Income Inequality, Personal Economic Position, and Belief in American Meritocracy.” American Journal of Political Science, vol. 59, no. 2, Apr. 2015, pp. 326–40. Scopus, doi:10.1111/ajps.12153. Full Text
Johnston, C. D., et al. “Ethnic Change, Personality, and Polarization Over Immigration in the American Public.” Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 79, no. 3, Jan. 2015, pp. 662–86. Scopus, doi:10.1093/poq/nfv022. Full Text
Johnston, C. D., et al. “Emotion and Political Judgment: Expectancy Violation and Affective Intelligence.” Political Research Quarterly, vol. 68, no. 3, Jan. 2015, pp. 474–92. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1065912915593644. Full Text
Bartels, B. L., et al. “Lawyers' Perceptions of the U.S. Supreme Court: Is the Court a "Political" Institution?” Law and Society Review, vol. 49, no. 3, Jan. 2015, pp. 761–94. Scopus, doi:10.1111/lasr.12154. Full Text
Johnston, Christopher D. “Competing Motives in the Partisan Mind: How Loyalty and Responsiveness Shape Party Identification and Democracy by Eric W.Groenendyk. New York, Oxford University Press, 2013. 224 pp. $69.95.” Political Science Quarterly, vol. 129, no. 3, Wiley, Sept. 2014, pp. 547–48. Crossref, doi:10.1002/polq.12231. Full Text
Johnston, C. D. “The Unexpected Impact of Coded Appeals.” New York Times Campaign Stops, 10 Sept. 2012.
Johnston, C. D., and S. Hillygus. “Perceptions of Supreme Court Legitimacy.” Yougov Model Politics, 15 July 2012.
Johnston, C. D. “Review of Competing Motives in the Partisan Mind: How Loyalty and Responsiveness Shape Party Identification and Democracy.” Political Science Quarterly, vol. 129, no. 3, pp. 547–48.