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

Federico, CM, Johnston, CD, and Lavine, HG. "Context, engagement, and the (multiple) functions of negativity bias." The Behavioral and brain sciences 37.3 (June 2014): 311-312. Full Text

Feldman, S, and Johnston, C. "Understanding the determinants of political ideology: Implications of structural complexity." Political Psychology 35.3 (January 1, 2014): 337-358. Full Text

Johnston, CD, Hillygus, DS, and Bartels, BL. "Ideology, the Affordable Care Act Ruling, and Supreme Court Legitimacy." Public Opinion Quarterly 78.4 (2014): 963-973. Full Text

"Dispositional sources of economic protectionism." Public Opinion Quarterly 77.2 (June 1, 2013): 574-585. Full Text

Bartels, BL, and Johnston, CD. "On the Ideological Foundations of Supreme Court Legitimacy in the American Public." American Journal of Political Science 57.1 (January 2013): 184-199. Full Text

Newman, BJ, Johnston, CD, Strickland, AA, and Citrin, J. "Immigration Crackdown in the American Workplace: Explaining Variation in E-Verify Policy Adoption Across the U.S. States." State Politics and Policy Quarterly 12.2 (June 1, 2012): 160-182. Full Text

Bartels, BL, and Johnston, CD. "Political justice? Perceptions of politicization and public preferences toward the supreme court appointment process." Public Opinion Quarterly 76.1 (March 1, 2012): 105-116. Full Text