Christopher Johnston

Christopher Johnston

Associate Professor of Political Science

Specialties: 
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.

Education

  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook 2011

Johnston, CD, and Bartels, BL. "Sensationalism and Sobriety Differential Media Exposure and Attitudes Toward American Courts." Public opinion quarterly 74 (2010): 260-285. (Academic Article)

Johnston, CD. "Context, Engagement, and the (Multiple) Functions of Negativity Bias." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37: 311-312.

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