Christopher Devine

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Dayton

Christopher J. Devine is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Dayton, in Dayton, Ohio. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University in 2011, with concentrations in American Politics and Political Psychology. Devine's teaching and research interests include American politics, public opinion, political parties, campaigns and elections, the US presidency, political psychology, and constitutional law.

Devine's research has been published in a variety or peer-reviewed journals, including Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Electoral Studies. He is the co-author of the book "The VP Advantage: How Running Mates Influence Home State Voting in Presidential Elections," with Kyle C. Kopko (Manchester University Press). His research on this and other topics has been featured in media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, Time, US News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Fox News Channel, NPR, and more.


  • 2016–present
    Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Dayton


  • 2011 
    The Ohio State University, PhD
  • 2008 
    The Ohio State University, MA
  • 2006 
    Connecticut College, BA


  • 2016
    The VP Advantage: How Running Mates Influence Home State Voting in Presidential Elections, Manchester University Press
  • 2015
    The Politics of the Presidential Medal of Freedom: A Fifty Year Analysis, 1963-2013, New England Journal of Political Science
  • 2015
    Ideological Social Identity: Psychological Attachment to Ideological In-Groups as a Political Phenomenon and a Behavioral Influence, Political Behavior
  • 2013
    Presidential Versus Vice Presidential Home State Advantage: A Comparative Analysis of Electoral Significance, Causes, and Processes, 1884-2008, Presidential Studies Quarterly
  • 2012
    Social Issues, Authoritarianism, and Ideological Conceptualization: How Policy Dimensions and Psychological Factors Influence Ideological Labeling, Political Psychology
  • 2011
    In the Eye of the Beholder: Motivated Reasoning in Disputed Elections, Political Behavior
  • 2011
    The Vice Presidential Home State Advantage Reconsidered: Analyzing the Interactive Effect of Home State Population and Political Experience, 1884-2008, Presidential Studies Quarterly
  • 2010
    Racial Attitude Effects in the 2008 Presidential Election: Examining the Unconventional Factors Shaping Vote Choice in a Most Unconventional Election, Electoral Studies
  • 2010
    Partisan Defection and Change in the 2008 US Presidential Election, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties

Professional Memberships

  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association