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Christopher Devine

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science


Email: Christopher Devine
Phone: 937-229-3626
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Christopher Devine is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Dayton. Professor Devine earned his B.A. in Government and English from Connecticut College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University. His dissertation, on the topic of ideological social identity, earned the Henry R. Spencer Award for the best dissertation in The Ohio State University’s Department of Political Science for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Devine’s teaching and research interests include campaigns and elections, political parties, public opinion, ideology, political psychology, constitutional law, and the U.S. presidency and vice presidency. He is the co-author, with Kyle C. Kopko, of The VP Advantage: How Running Mates Influence Home State Voting in Presidential Elections (Manchester University Press, 2016). Devine’s research on this and other topics has been published in academic journals including Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Electoral Studies, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and The Forum.

Devine and Kopko’s research on vice presidential candidates has been featured in major media outlets including NPR; CNN; Fox News; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; The Wall Street Journal; The Washington Post; Los Angeles Times; Philadelphia Enquirer; RealClearPolitics; The Huffington Post; Ozy; Bloomberg View; and US News & World Report. Additionally, Devine’s co-authored research on the Presidential Medal of Freedom has been featured in The New York Times. Devine and Kopko also have authored several pieces for popular media outlets, including Time, Politico Magazine, The Conversation, and The Washington Post’sMonkey Cage.

Faculty Perspective

I want students to be as fascinated by, and passionate about, politics as I am.  More importantly, though, I want them to see the bigger picture – that what they learn in the classroom and apply outside of it should be directed toward the end-goal of vocation.  In other words, I hope they will find a purpose in their work that extends far beyond earning high grades and making money, to making a difference in the world that reflects each student’s unique, God-given talents and interests.  I am blessed to teach at UD, because ours is a community that values and promotes the importance of vocation among our students.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, The Ohio State University (2011)
  • M.A. in Political Science, The Ohio State University (2008)
  • B.A. in Government & English, Connecticut College (2006)

Professional Activities

  • Member, Midwest Political Science Association
  • Peer Reviewer, American Journal of Political Science; Public Opinion Quarterly; Journal of Politics; Perspectives on Politics; Political Behavior; Political Research Quarterly; American Politics Research; Congress & the Presidency; Presidential Studies Quarterly; Social Influence.

Research Interests

  • Political Behavior
  • Public Opinion
  • Political Parties
  • Ideology
  • Political Psychology
  • The U.S. Presidency
  • The U.S. Vice Presidency
  • Constitutional Law

Selected Publications and Presentations

Book Publications

Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice, 15th edition (with Jacqueline R. Kanovitz and Jefferson L. Ingram). Forthcoming. Routledge.

The VP Advantage: How Running Mates Influence Home State Voting in Presidential Elections (with Kyle C. Kopko). 2016. Manchester University Press.

Book Chapter Publications

“Oh, the Places They’ll Go: The Geography and Political Strategy of Presidential Campaign Visits in 2016.” 2017. In Studies of Communication in the 2016 Presidential Campaign, ed. Robert E. Denton, Jr. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 45-68.

“#TeamGov: On the Political Experience, Campaign Messaging, and Electoral Performance of Johnson-Weld 2016” (with Kyle C. Kopko). 2017. In Studies of Communication in the 2016 Presidential Campaign, ed. Robert E. Denton, Jr. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 163-188.

Journal Publications

“What if Hillary Clinton Had Gone to Wisconsin? Presidential Campaign Visits and Vote Choice in the 2016 Election.” Forthcoming. The Forum.

“Ideological Social Identity: Psychological Attachment to Ideological In-Groups as a Political Phenomenon and a Behavioral Influence.” 2015. Political Behavior 37(3): 509-535.

“The Politics of the Presidential Medal of Freedom: A Fifty Year Analysis, 1963-2013” (with Kyle C. Kopko, E. Fletcher McClellan, Julia Ward, and Jillian E. Casey). 2015. New England Journal of Political Science 8(2): 156-184.

“Presidential Versus Vice Presidential Home State Advantage: A Comparative Analysis of Electoral Significance, Causes, and Processes, 1984-2008” (with Kyle C. Kopko). 2013. Presidential Studies Quarterly 43(4): 814-838.

“Social Issues, Authoritarianism, and Ideological Conceptualization: How Policy Dimensions and Psychological Factors Influence Ideological Labeling.” 2012. Political Psychology 33(4): 531-552.

“The Vice Presidential Home State Advantage Reconsidered: Analyzing the Interactive Effect of Home State Population and Political Experience, 1884-2008” (with Kyle C. Kopko). Presidential Studies Quarterly 41(1): 1-17.

“In the Eye of the Beholder: Motivated Reasoning in Disputed Elections” (with Kyle C. Kopko, Sarah M. Bryner, Jeffrey L. Budziak, and Steven Nawara). 2011. Political Behavior 33(2): 271-290.

“Racial Attitude Effects in the 2008 Presidential Election: Examining the Unconventional Factors Shaping Vote Choice in a Most Unconventional Election” (with Herbert F. Weisberg). Electoral Studies 29(4): 569-581.

“Partisan Defection and Change in the 2008 US Presidential Election” (with Herbert F. Weisberg). Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties 20(2): 213-240.

Book Review

“Book review of The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden by Joel K. Goldstein.” 2016. Perspectives on Politics 14(4): 1218-1220.

Publications in Popular Media

“Obama Has Set the Record for the Most Presidential Medals of Freedom” (with E. Fletcher McClellan, Kyle C. Kopko, Jillian E. Casey, and Julia L. Ward. Washington Post – Monkey Cage. November 22.

“5 Things You Need to Know About How Third-Party Candidates Did in 2016” (with Kyle C. Kopko). 2016. Washington Post – Monkey Cage. November 15.

“How Clinton and Trump Are Using Their Running Mates on the Campaign Trail” (with Kyle C. Kopko). 2016. FiveThirtyEight. October 28.

“Why the Kaine vs. Pence Vice Presidential Debate Matters” (with Kyle C. Kopko). 2016. The Conversation. October 3.

“Will Tim Kaine Deliver Virginia (and Catholics)? Don’t Count on It” (with Kyle C. Kopko). 2016. Washington Post – Monkey Cage. July 22.

“Does Newt Gingrich Pass His Own Litmus Test for Veep?” (with Kyle C. Kopko). 2016. Time. July 14.

“Will the Vice Presidential Candidates Matter this Year? Maybe, But Not the Way You Think” (with Kyle C. Kopko). 2016. The Conversation. July 12.

“This Year’s Libertarian Ticket has Remarkable Political Experience. Now Will It Matter?” (with Kyle C. Kopko). 2016. Washington Post – Monkey Cage. May 31.

“How Clinton and Trump Should Choose Their Vice Presidents” (with Kyle C. Kopko). 2016. Time. May 2.

“The 4 Advantages a Vice Presidential Pick Could Offer a Candidate” (with Kyle C. Kopko). 2016. Time. April 28.

“Why VPs Matter Less than You Think” (with Kyle C. Kopko). 2016. Politico Magazine. April 11.