I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee. My research focuses on the social and economic roots of political inequality, with a special emphasis on political behavior, poverty, and health.

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 in Germany.


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

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

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

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

  5. The Two Income-Participation Gaps
    Christopher Ojeda
    American Journal of Political Science (2018)
    *News coverage: Brookings Institute

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

  7. 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)

  8. 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

  9. 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
    *Presentation slides (used at invited talks)

  10. 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
    *Replication material

working papers