Christopher Devine

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Curriculum Vita

Christopher Devine

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


Christopher Devine is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Dayton. 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. Prior to joining UD, Devine taught Political Science at Ohio State and at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

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 New England Journal of Political Science.

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; Washington Post; Los Angeles Times; Philadelphia Enquirer; RealClearPolitics; The Huffington Post; Ozy; Bloomberg View; US News & World Report; and Yahoo! News. 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 Washington Post’s Monkey 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, American Political Science Association
  • Member, Midwest Political Science Association
  • Peer Reviewer: American Journal of Political Science; Perspectives on Politics; Political Behavior; Political Research Quarterly; Congress & the Presidency; Politics & Policy; Presidential Studies Quarterly; Social Influence

Research Interests

  • Political Behavior
  • Public Opinion
  • Political Parties
  • Political Psychology
  • Ideology
  • The U.S. Presidency
  • The U.S. Vice Presidency
  • Survey Research
  • Experimental Research

Selected Publications and Presentations

Book Publication

Devine, Christopher J., and Kyle C. Kopko. 2016. The VP Advantage: How Running Mates Influence Home State Voting in Presidential Elections. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.

Journal Publications

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

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

Devine, Christopher J., and Kyle C. Kopko. 2013. “Presidential Versus Vice Presidential Home State Advantage: A Comparative Analysis of Electoral Significance, Causes, and Processes, 1884- 2008.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 43(4): 814-838.

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

Devine, Christopher J., and Kyle C. Kopko. 2011. “The Vice Presidential Home State Advantage Reconsidered: Analyzing the Interactive Effect of Home State Population and Political Experience, 1884-2008.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 41(1): 1-17.

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

Weisberg, Herbert F., and Christopher J. Devine. 2010. “Racial Attitude Effects in the 2008 Presidential Election: Examining the Unconventional Factors Shaping Vote Choice in a Most Unconventional Election.” Electoral Studies 29(4): 569-581.

Weisberg, Herbert F. 2010. “Partisan Defection and Change in the 2008 US Presidential Election.” Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties 20(2): 213-240.

Publications in Popular Media

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

Devine, Christopher J., and Kyle C. Kopko. 2016. “Does Newt Gingrich Pass His Own Litmus Test for Veep?” Time. July 14.

Kopko, Kyle K., and Christopher J. Devine. 2016. “Will the Vice Presidential Candidates Matter this Year? Maybe, But Not the Way You Think.” The Conversation. July 12.

Kopko, Kyle C., and Christopher J. Devine. 2016. “This Year’s Libertarian Ticket has Remarkable Political Experience. Now Will It Matter?” Washington Post – Monkey Cage. May 31.

Devine, Christopher J., and Kyle C. Kopko. 2016. “How Clinton and Trump Should Choose Their Vice Presidents.” Time. May 2.

Devine, Christopher J., and Kyle C. Kopko. 2016. “The 4 Advantages a Vice Presidential Pick Could Offer a Candidate.” Time. April 28.

Devine, Christopher J., and Kyle C. Kopko. 2016. “Who Should Trump and Clinton Pick as Running Mates? This Research Says It Doesn’t Really Matter.” Washington Post – Monkey Cage. April 25.

Kopko, Kyle C., and Christopher J. Devine. 2016. “Why VPs Matter Less than You Think.” Politico Magazine. April 11.

Invited Lectures

(Why) Should I Care Who's Running for Vice President?" Connecticut College (New London, CT). October 6, 2016.

“Did Chester Arthur ‘Deliver’ the 1880 Election for James Garfield?” James A. Garfield National Historic Site (Mentor, OH). August 6, 2016.

“The VP Advantage: How Running Mates Influence Home State Voting in Presidential Elections.” Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown, PA). March 9, 2016.

Research Datasets

2016 Presidential and Vice Presidential Campaign Visits - Devine and Kopko Dataset. Download (xls) >