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Christopher OjedaChristopher Ojeda

Assistant Professor

Phone: (865) 974-7057

Dr. Ojeda's Vita

Field of Study: American Politics


  • Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University, 2015


Before joining the faculty, Ojeda earned his BA in government from Christopher Newport University and his MA and PhD in political science from the Pennsylvania State University. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University.

Ojeda’s research focuses on political behavior, public opinion, and political socialization. In particular, he is interested in understanding the social and economic roots of political inequality, with a special emphasis on the role of poverty, health, and the family. One of his current projects looks at how children’s perceptions of parents shape the intergenerational transmission of party identification. He is also working on a book manuscript that examines the childhood origins of the income-participation gap.

Ojeda’s research has been published in Social Science QuarterlyPolitical Psychology, the American Sociological Review, the British Journal of Political Science, and the American Journal of Epidemiology, and has been funded by the Russell Sage Foundation. Ojeda’s work won the Seymour Sudman Student Paper award in 2012 from the American Association of Public Opinion Research. He was the receipt of the Distinguished Junior Scholar Award from the political psychology section of the American Political Science Associationin 2015.

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