Christopher Johnston

Christopher Johnston

Associate Professor of Political Science

Behavior Identities, American Politics

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, CD, Lavine, HG, and Federico, CM. Open versus Closed: Personality, identity, and the politics of redistribution. February 17, 2017.

Lavine, HG, Johnston, CD, and Steenbergen, MR. The Ambivalent Partisan: How Critical Loyalty Promotes Democracy. January 24, 2013. Full Text

Johnston, CD. "Authoritarianism, Affective Polarization, and Economic Ideology." Political Psychology 39 (February 2018): 219-238. Full Text

"Erratum." American Journal of Political Science 60.3 (July 2016): 805-806. Full Text

Johnston, CD, Mak, M, and Sidman, AH. "On the Measurement of Judicial Ideology." Justice System Journal 37.2 (April 2, 2016): 169-188. Full Text

Johnston, CD, and Ballard, AO. "Economists and public opinion: Expert consensus and economic policy judgments." Journal of Politics 78.2 (April 1, 2016): 443-456. Full Text

Johnston, CD, and Newman, BJ. "Economic Inequality and U.S. Public Policy Mood Across Space and Time." American Politics Research 44.1 (January 1, 2016): 164-191. Full Text

Newman, BJ, Johnston, CD, and Lown, PL. "False Consciousness or Class Awareness? Local Income Inequality, Personal Economic Position, and Belief in American Meritocracy." American Journal of Political Science 59.2 (April 1, 2015): 326-340. Full Text

Johnston, CD, Lavine, H, and Woodson, B. "Emotion and Political Judgment: Expectancy Violation and Affective Intelligence." Political Research Quarterly 68.3 (January 1, 2015): 474-492. Full Text

Bartels, BL, Johnston, CD, and Mark, A. "Lawyers' Perceptions of the U.S. Supreme Court: Is the Court a "Political" Institution?." Law and Society Review 49.3 (January 1, 2015): 761-794. Full Text

Johnston, CD, and Wronski, J. "Personality dispositions and political preferences across hard and easy issues." Political Psychology 36.1 (January 1, 2015): 35-53. Full Text

Johnston, CD, Newman, BJ, and Velez, Y. "Ethnic Change, Personality, and Polarization Over Immigration in the American Public." Public Opinion Quarterly 79.3 (January 1, 2015): 662-686. Full Text


Johnston, CD. "The Unexpected Impact of Coded Appeals." New York Times Campaign Stops (September 10, 2012). (Blog)

Johnston, CD, and Hillygus, S. "Perceptions of Supreme Court Legitimacy." YouGov Model Politics (July 15, 2012). (Essay)