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Christopher Johnston

Professor of Political Science
Political Science
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
294J Gross Hall, Durham, NC 27708


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.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Political Science · 2024 - Present Political Science, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

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