I am a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, housed in the Stanford Center for American Democracy and affiliated with the Department of Political Science. I earned my Ph.D. in political science from the Pennsylvania State University in 2015. Prior to that, I attended Christopher Newport University, where I earned my B.A. in Government in 2009. In the fall of 2017, I will be joining the faculty in the Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee.

Links to papers, data, and other information can be found below. My curriculum vitae lists my academic history. Dataverse provides replication material for published or forthcoming papers.


  1. The Effects of 9/11 on the Heritability of Political TrustPolitical Psychology (2014)
      - Winner of the AAPOR Seymour Sudman Student Paper Competition
      - Replication material

  2. Depression and Political Participation, Social Science Quarterly (2015)
      - Honorable mention in the DC-AAPOR and PANJ-AAPOR Student Paper Competitions
      - Presentation slides (used at invited talks), replication material

  3. Accounting for the Child in the Transmission of Party Identification with Pete Hatemi, American Sociological Review (2015)
      - News coverage: CNNPacific Standard, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Slate Magazine, Star Tribune, U.S. News & World Report 

Book PRoject

The Whisper of the Poor, the Roar of the Rich: A Study of the Income-Participation Gap

Why does the income-participation gap exist in American politics? Answering this question is central to understanding the political cycle of poverty, the representation of the poor, and the formation of redistributive policy, and yet extant models of participation fail to do so. Political scientists often include income in their models, but do so uncritically. I expand our understanding of this relationship in two ways. First, I use more precise measures of poverty—informed by recent debates about how to best measure it—and I add a dynamic element by examining how the duration and frequency of poverty episodes affect participation over the life course. Second, I draw on cognate fields such as sociology, psychology, and public health to examine how the downstream consequences of poverty reduce participation. I show the relevance of stress, food and housing insecurity, depression, and physical health for understanding political participation and social inclusion. These issues were selected in large part because they are salient to policy-makers and social justice advocates.


PLSC 427: Political OpinionPenn State, Summer 2014
syllabus | student evaluations

Teaching Tools
Introduction to Survey Research in Excel


You can contact me at ojeda.christopher@gmail.com

Or you can write to 616 Serra St, Encina Hall West, Room 462, Stanford, CA 94305-6044

Or you can tweet to @criscojeda