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Chris Haynes
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Political Science
Arts & Sciences
Political Science

    Chris Haynes is an Assistant Professor of Political Science.  He is a former Visiting Fellow at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC-San Diego and has earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. His NSF-funded dissertation examined the effects of empathy on immigration policy preferences.

    Currently, he is actively involved in a book project explaining the effects of policy framing on immigration policy opinion.  A third research project explores the implications of ethnic/minority identity on political behavior. His faculty from his M.A./Ph.D. program at University of California, Riverside view his research as groundbreaking and having important implications regarding public opinion change on political issues related to race, immigration, and ethnicity.

    In addition to his research, Chris teaches a variety of political science courses.  Most notably, he will be teaching a course on Immigration: Past, Present, and Future in the Spring of 2014.  His other teaching interests include Race & Ethnicity, Public Opinion, Emotion and Politics, Media & Politics, and Modern Political Analysis.

    In the late fall of 2013, he helped re-establish the Political Science Organization and in the fall of 2014 he founded the multiple award-winning Model United Nations program.

    Chris is a native of Hawaii and enjoys playing volleyball, watching football, and engaging in political discourse.

Academic Credentials


    B.S. in Political Science, Texas Christian University
    M.B.A. with emphasis in Finance, Texas Christian University
    M.A. in Political Science, University of California, Riverside
    Ph.D. in Political Science, University of California, Riverside


    American Politics and Government

    Immigration: Past, Present, and Future

    Politics of Race & Ethnicity

    Quantitative Research Methods

    Media & Politics

    Politics & Economic Policy

    Political Regulation

    Comparative Political Change

    Public Opinion

    Political Psychology

    Emotion & Politics

    US Electoral Voting Behavior

    The Congress

    Model United Nations


    Merolla, Jennifer, Karthick Ramakrishnan and Chris Haynes, “”Illegal,” “Undocumented,” or “Unauthorized”: Who Uses Them, and Do They Matter?” Media Coverage of Immigrants” (Forthcoming 2013 issue of Perspectives on Politics)

    Haynes, Chris, “Vying for Conservative Hearts and Minds: Changes in Media Frames on Immigration since 2000” (Forthcoming edited volume “Faceless Latino/a Immigrants: Pathways to Resistance” from the 2013 Chapman University Conference on Immigration)