I analyze how people form political preferences and what shapes political behavior. In several studies, I examine the extent to which political parties and elected officials manipulate public opinion and shape attitudes toward a range public policies. 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 generalizability of experiments in the social sciences. My research has been supported by two TESS grants (an NSF funded organization), and competitively awarded university grants.
I have published my work in Political Behavior, Political Communication, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Experimental Political Science, Presidential Studies Quarterly, PS: Political Science & Politics, 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.
Kevin J. Mullinix