Kevin J. Mullinix

Assistant Professor

About me
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University (PhD Northwestern, 2015). My work concentrates on public opinion and political behavior, primarily, in the context of American politics.


I analyze how people form political attitudes and what shapes political behavior. In several different studies, I examine the extent to which political parties and elected officials manipulate public opinion. More recently, my research has focused on the effects of wrongful convictions for attitudes toward the death penalty and the criminal justice system. In other work, I examine how racial disparities in the justice system (e.g., pulled-over rates) impact trust in police.

I have a related research agenda on the implications of research design for understanding preference formation. My research has been supported by two
TESS grants (an NSF funded organization), and competitively awarded university grants.

Among other outlets, I have published my work in Political Behavior,
Political Communication, Journal of Experimental Political Science, Presidential Studies Quarterly, PS: Political Science & Politics, Economic Development Quarterly, and the Policy Studies Journal. My research has been discussed in the Washington Post and has won an American Political Science Association Best Paper Award. I was named Appalachian State University's 2016-2017 Outstanding Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences.