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Christopher Johnston

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Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708 (919) 660-4300 (office)

Ph.D.State University of New York, Stony Brook2011
B.A.Wake Forest University2005
Areas of Research

Political Psychology, Public Opinion, Political Ideology

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

Winner, special competition for young investigators: "Work and Democratic Citizenship", Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Science, October, 2013
Robert E. Lane Book Award, American Political Science Association, August, 2013
David O. Sears Book Award, International Society of Political Psychology, July, 2013
Short-study award: "Economists and Public Opinion", Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Science, February, 2013
Honorable Mention - Best Dissertation in 2011, International Society for Political Psychology, July, 2012
Milton Lodge Award for Graduate Student with Outstanding Potential, Department of Political Science, Stony Brook University, September, 2010
Professional Service

Ad Hoc Reviewer : reviewer for journals, university presses, universities, Ad Hoc Reviewer : reviewer for journals, university presses, universities. 2009, 2009 - present
   American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Psychology, Political Behavior, Public Opinion Quarterly, PLOS ONE, Law and Courts, Journal of Elections Public Opinion and Parties, Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences
Undergraduate Affairs, 2013-2014
DIPE, September 01, 2012 - March 01, 2013
Selected Recent Invited Talks

Personality, Culture, and Economics, Syracuse University, Dept. of Political Science, September 25, 2013
Cultural Economics: Personality, Party, and Ideology in the American Public, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, November 16, 2012
Duke Political Science Department's Preferences Symposium, Duke University, April 22, 2011



  1. Bartels, BL; Johnston, CD, Curbing the Court Why the Public Constrains Judicial Independence (August, 2020), pp. 200 pages, Cambridge University Press.
  2. Johnston, CD; Lavine, HG; Federico, CM, Open versus Closed: Personality, identity, and the politics of redistribution (February, 2017), pp. 1-282.
  3. Lavine, HG; Johnston, CD; Steenbergen, MR, The Ambivalent Partisan: How Critical Loyalty Promotes Democracy (January, 2013), pp. 1-318, Oxford University Press [ref=sr_1_1], [doi].

Journal Articles

  1. Ollerenshaw, T; Johnston, CD, The Conditional Relationship of Psychological Needs to Ideology, Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 86 no. 2 (June, 2022), pp. 369-380, Oxford University Press (OUP) [doi].
  2. Johnston, CD; Madson, GJ, Negativity bias, personality and political ideology., Nature Human Behaviour, vol. 6 no. 5 (May, 2022), pp. 666-676 [doi].
  3. Guay, B; Johnston, CD, Ideological Asymmetries and the Determinants of Politically Motivated Reasoning, American Journal of Political Science, vol. 66 no. 2 (April, 2022), pp. 285-301 [doi].
  4. Johnston, CD; Newman, BJ; Velez, YR, Erratum: Ethnic change, personality, and polarization over immigration in the American public (Public Opinion Quarterly (2020) DOI: 10.1093/poq/nfv022), Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 84 no. 1 (March, 2020), pp. 182-187 [doi].
  5. Johnston, CD, Authoritarianism, Affective Polarization, and Economic Ideology, Political Psychology, vol. 39 (February, 2018), pp. 219-238, WILEY [doi].
  6. Newman, BJ; Johnston, CD; Lown, PL, Erratum, American Journal of Political Science, vol. 60 no. 3 (July, 2016), pp. 805-806, WILEY [doi].
  7. Johnston, CD; Mak, M; Sidman, AH, On the Measurement of Judicial Ideology, Justice System Journal, vol. 37 no. 2 (April, 2016), pp. 169-188, Informa UK Limited [doi].
  8. Johnston, CD; Ballard, AO, Economists and public opinion: Expert consensus and economic policy judgments, Journal of Politics, vol. 78 no. 2 (April, 2016), pp. 443-456, University of Chicago Press [doi].
  9. Johnston, CD; Newman, BJ, Economic Inequality and U.S. Public Policy Mood Across Space and Time, American Politics Research, vol. 44 no. 1 (January, 2016), pp. 164-191, SAGE Publications [doi].
  10. Johnston, CD; Lavine, H; Woodson, B, Emotion and Political Judgment: Expectancy Violation and Affective Intelligence, Political Research Quarterly, vol. 68 no. 3 (September, 2015), pp. 474-492, SAGE Publications [doi].
  11. Bartels, BL; Johnston, CD; Mark, A, Lawyers' Perceptions of the U.S. Supreme Court: Is the Court a "Political" Institution?, Law & Society Review, vol. 49 no. 3 (September, 2015), pp. 761-794, WILEY [doi].
  12. Johnston, CD; Newman, B; Velez, Y, Ethnic Change, Personality, and Polarization over Immigration in the American Public, Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 79 no. 3 (January, 2015), pp. 662-686, Oxford University Press (OUP) [doi].
  13. Johnston, CD, Context, Engagement, and the (Multiple) Functions of Negativity Bias, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 37 (October, 2014), pp. 311-312, Cambridge University Press.
  14. Federico, CM; Johnston, CD; Lavine, HG, Context, engagement, and the (multiple) functions of negativity bias., Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 37 no. 3 (June, 2014), pp. 311-312 [doi].
  15. Feldman, S; Johnston, C, Understanding the determinants of political ideology: Implications of structural complexity, Political Psychology, vol. 35 no. 3 (January, 2014), pp. 337-358, WILEY [doi].
  16. Johnston, CD; Hillygus, DS; Bartels, BL, Ideology, the Affordable Care Act Ruling, and Supreme Court Legitimacy, Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 78 no. 4 (2014), pp. 963-973, Oxford University Press (OUP) [doi].
  17. Johnston, CD, Dispositional sources of economic protectionism, Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 77 no. 2 (June, 2013), pp. 574-585, Oxford University Press (OUP) [doi].
  18. Bartels, BL; Johnston, CD, On the Ideological Foundations of Supreme Court Legitimacy in the American Public, American Journal of Political Science, vol. 57 no. 1 (January, 2013), pp. 184-199, WILEY [doi].
  19. Johnston, CD; Wronski, J, Personality Dispositions and Political Preferences across Hard and Easy Issues, Political Psychology, vol. 36 no. 1 (2013), pp. 35-53 [doi].
  20. Newman, BJ; Johnston, CD; Strickland, AA; Citrin, J, Immigration Crackdown in the American Workplace: Explaining Variation in E-Verify Policy Adoption Across the U.S. States, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, vol. 12 no. 2 (June, 2012), pp. 160-182, SAGE Publications [Gateway.cgi], [doi].
  21. Bartels, BL; Johnston, CD, Political justice? Perceptions of politicization and public preferences toward the supreme court appointment process, Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 76 no. 1 (Spring, 2012), pp. 105-116, Oxford University Press (OUP) [pdf], [doi].
  22. Johnston, CD; Bartels, BL, Sensationalism and Sobriety Differential Media Exposure and Attitudes Toward American Courts, Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 74 no. 2 (Summer, 2010), pp. 260-285, Oxford University Press [doi].


  1. Johnston, CD, Review of Competing Motives in the Partisan Mind: How Loyalty and Responsiveness Shape Party Identification and Democracy, Political Science Quarterly, vol. 129 no. 3 (September, 2014), pp. 547-548, WILEY [doi].
  2. Johnston, CD, The Unexpected Impact of Coded Appeals, New York Times Campaign Stops (September, 2012) [the-unexpected-impact-of-coded-appeals].
  3. Johnston, CD; Hillygus, S, Perceptions of Supreme Court Legitimacy, Yougov Model Politics (July, 2012) [available here].

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