Christopher Ojeda Assistant Professor Department of Political Science University of Tennessee

Christopher Ojeda
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
University of Tennessee

How do problems like poverty and poor mental health shape the ways in which ordinary citizens think about and engage with politics? What consequences do these social and economic inequalities have for how citizens are represented in the political process? And to what extent can government action ameliorate these problems?

These questions guide my research on political behavior, representation, and public policy. Currently, I am working on projects that explore the political consequences of depression, assess why welfare policies fail to alleviate poverty in the United States, and examine how stress and the demands of everyday life affect civic engagement.

Before coming to Tennessee, I was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University. I earned a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. from Christopher Newport University. In the summer of 2018, I was a research fellow at the Universities of Mainz and Münster.

You can find more information about me on the Scholars Strategy Network and information about how to replicate my research on my Harvard Dataverse page. Links to published and working papers are listed below.


  1. The Role of Child Perception and Motivation in Political Socialization
    Peter Hatemi and Christopher Ojeda
    British Journal of Political Science (forthcoming)

  2. The Political Opinions of Virtual Assistants
    Christopher Ojeda
    Social Science Computer Review (forthcoming)

  3. Federalism and the Racialization of Welfare Policy
    Christopher Ojeda, Anne Whitesell, Michael Berkman, and Eric Plutzer
    State Politics and Policy Quarterly (forthcoming)

  4. A Healthy Democracy? Evidence of Unequal Representation across Health Status
    Juliana Pacheco and Christopher Ojeda
    Political Behavior (2019)

  5. Intersectionality, Depression, and Voter Turnout
    Christopher Ojeda and Christine Slaughter
    Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law (2019)

  6. Measuring Complex State Policies: Pitfalls and Considerations, with an Application to Race and Welfare Policy
    Eric Plutzer, Michael Berkman, Jakes Honaker, Christopher Ojeda, and Anne Whitesell
    Policy Studies Journal (2019)

  7. The Two Income-Participation Gaps
    Christopher Ojeda
    American Journal of Political Science (2018)
    *News coverage: Brookings Institute, Scholars Strategy Network

  8. Health and Voting in Young Adulthood
    Christopher Ojeda and Julianna Pacheco
    British Journal of Political Science (2017)
    *News coverage: Journalist’s Resources

  9. The Social Network Clustering of Sexual Violence Experienced by Adolescent Girls
    Holly Shakya, Christopher Fariss, Christopher Ojeda, Anita Raj, and Elizabeth Reed
    American Journal of Epidemiology (2017)

  10. Accounting for the Child in the Transmission of Party Identification
    Christopher Ojeda and Pete Hatemi
    American Sociological Review (2015)
    *News coverage: Chicago Tribune, CNN, Pacific Standard, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Slate Magazine, Star Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, U.S. Today, Vox

  11. Depression and Political Participation
    Christopher Ojeda
    Social Science Quarterly (2015)
    *News coverage: Commonweal, Journalist’s Resources
    *Honorable mention in the DC-AAPOR and PANJ-AAPOR Student Paper Competitions

  12. The Effects of 9/11 on the Heritability of Political Trust
    Christopher Ojeda
    Political Psychology (2014)
    *Winner of the AAPOR Seymour Sudman Student Paper Competition

working papers

  • What Do Parents Know? Parental Perception in Political Socialization, under review
    Christopher Ojeda and Peter Hatemi

  • Income, Political Participation, and the Demands of Everyday Life, in progress
    Christopher Ojeda

  • Depression and the Gender Gap in Political Interest, in progress
    Claudia Landwehr, Luca Bernardi, and Christopher Ojeda