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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


Christopher Ojeda joined the faculty after studying as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University from 2015-2017. He earned his PhD (2015) and MA (2011) in political science from the Pennsylvania State University and his BA (2009) in government from Christopher Newport University.

Christopher’s research focuses on the social and economic roots of political inequality. In particular, his work explores how problems, such as poverty and poor mental health, shape the way citizens think about and engage with politics, lead to the underrepresentation of citizens who suffer from them, and are ameliorated or exacerbated by government policies.

His research has been funded by the Russell Sage Foundation and published in the American Journal of Political Science, American Journal of Epidemiology, American Sociological ReviewPolicy Studies Journal, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, State Policies and Policy Quarterly, and more. Christopher won the Seymour Sudman Student Paper award in 2012 from the American Association of Public Opinion Research and was the receipt of the Distinguished Junior Scholar Award from the political psychology section of the American Political Science Association in 2015.

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