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, Christopher M., et al. “Context, engagement, and the (multiple) functions of negativity bias..” The Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 37, no. 3, June 2014, pp. 311–12. Epmc, doi:10.1017/s0140525x13002550. Full Text

Feldman, S., and C. Johnston. “Understanding the determinants of political ideology: Implications of structural complexity.” Political Psychology, vol. 35, no. 3, Jan. 2014, pp. 337–58. Scopus, doi:10.1111/pops.12055. Full Text

Johnston, Christopher D., et al. “Ideology, the Affordable Care Act Ruling, and Supreme Court Legitimacy.” Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 78, no. 4, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2014, pp. 963–73. Crossref, doi:10.1093/poq/nfu036. Full Text

Johnston, C. D. “Dispositional sources of economic protectionism.” Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 77, no. 2, June 2013, pp. 574–85. Scopus, doi:10.1093/poq/nft004. Full Text

Johnston, C. D., and J. Wronski. “Personality Dispositions and Political Preferences across Hard and Easy Issues.” Political Psychology, 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1111/pops.12068. Full Text

Bartels, B. L., and C. D. Johnston. “On the Ideological Foundations of Supreme Court Legitimacy in the American Public.” American Journal of Political Science, vol. 57, no. 1, Jan. 2013, pp. 184–99. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1540-5907.2012.00616.x. Full Text

Newman, B. J., et al. “Immigration Crackdown in the American Workplace: Explaining Variation in E-Verify Policy Adoption Across the U.S. States.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly, vol. 12, no. 2, June 2012, pp. 160–82. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1532440012442910. Full Text

Bartels, B. L., and C. D. Johnston. “Political justice? Perceptions of politicization and public preferences toward the supreme court appointment process.” Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 76, no. 1, Mar. 2012, pp. 105–16. Scopus, doi:10.1093/poq/nfr032. Full Text

Johnston, C. D., and B. L. Bartels. “Sensationalism and sobriety differential media exposure and attitudes toward american courts.” Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 74, no. 2, Feb. 2010, pp. 260–85. Scopus, doi:10.1093/poq/nfp096. Full Text

Johnston, C. D. “Context, Engagement, and the (Multiple) Functions of Negativity Bias.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 37, Cambridge University Press, pp. 311–12.