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, 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.
Kevin J. Mullinix