Chris Haynes, Ph.D.

Chris Haynes
Associate Professor

International Affairs, National Security, and Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences
The Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

B.S. in Political Science, Texas Christian University
MBA 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

About Chris

Chris Haynes is an expert on immigration, political framing, presidential elections, race and ethnicity, and the impact the changing media landscape is having on politics and public opinion. Dr. Haynes is the co-author of the book Framing Immigrants News Coverage, Public Opinion, and Policy.

Dr. Haynes found that when discussion of immigration centered on children, there was public support for legalization measures. When people were exposed to language that discussed amnesty for the families of those children or when immigrants were portrayed as law-breakers seeking amnesty, the support for policy changes or legalization efforts lessened.

Among the first to examine the Twitter presidency, Dr. Haynes co-authored "The Twitter Effect: How Trump Used Social Media to Stamp His Brand and Shape the Media Narrative on Immigration," which was published in the book Unconventional, Partisan, and Polarizing Rhetoric: How the 2016 Election Shaped the Way Candidates Strategize, Engage, and Communicate.

Dr. Haynes is also studying sanctuary cities to determine if information about their relative crime rates impacts public opinion about sanctuary cities.

Dr. Haynes has spoken about immigration issues and presidential elections on WTNH-TV, Bloomberg News, CNBC, BBC Radio, WFSB-TV, WTIC-AM, and Al-Jazeera, and he’s co-authored op-ed pieces in The Washington Post and New Haven Register.

His peer-reviewed publications include "Vying for Conservative Hearts and Minds: Changes in Media Frames on Immigration since 2000" in Faceless Latino/a Immigrants: Pathways to Resistance and "`Illegal,’ ‘Undocumented,’ or ‘Unauthorized’: Who Uses Them, and Do They Matter?" in Perspectives on Politics.

A former Visiting Fellow at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC-San Diego, Dr. Haynes earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. His National Science Foundation-funded dissertation examined the effects of empathy on immigration policy preferences.

Dr. Haynes is the founder and director of the University’s Model United Nations program, which has been recognized at international conferences, and he spearheaded the creation of the University’s Mayor’s Advisory Commission. His students regularly conduct exit polling on Election Day.


Chaturvedi, Neil and Chris Haynes. 2020. “Strategic position taking: optimal strategy for Senate candidates in the Obama era.” The Journal of Legislative Studies.

Alamillo, Rudy, Chris Haynes, and Raul Madrid, Jr. 2019. "Immigration Frames and the Presidency: How the President Shapes Immigration Policy through Framing." Sociology Compass.

Chaturvedi, Neil and Chris Haynes. 2019. "Is Loyalty a Powerful Thing? Republican Senate Campaign Strategy and Trump Coattails in the 2016 Election." Presidential Studies Quarterly.

Haynes, Chris, Jennifer Merolla, and Karthick Ramakrishnan. 2016. Framing Immigrants: News Coverage, Public Opinion, and Policy. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Haynes, Chris, and Karthick Ramakrishnan. 2016. "How Much Do They Help? Ethnic Media and Political Knowledge in the United States." In Just Ordinary Citizens: Toward a Comparative Portrait of the Political Immigrant, ed. Antoine Bilodeau. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 113-139.

Haynes, Chris. 2014. "Vying for Conservative Hearts and Minds: Changes in Media Frames on Immigration since 2000." In Faceless Latino/a Immigrants: Pathways to Resistance, ed. Victoria Carty, Rafael Luevano, and Tekle Woldemikael. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 69-92.

Merolla, Jennifer, Karthick Ramakrishnan, and Chris Haynes. 2013. "Illegal," ‘Undocumented,’ or ‘Unauthorized’: Who Uses Them, and Do They Matter?" Perspectives on Politics 11 (3) (September): 789–807.

Select Current Publication Projects

Journal article project with Neilan Chaturvedi examining the effect of candidate loyalty, disloyalty, and ambiguity with their party’s standard bearer on their electoral chances using a series of national survey-experimental data.

Journal article projects with a variety of co-authors focusing on healthcare policy framing, immigration policy framing, and Trump’s political rhetoric.

Textbook project with Kevin Grisham, Cale Crammer, Eric Cox, Michiko Kuroda, and Joseph Scollo on Skills-based approach to teaching Model United Nations.

Courses Taught
  • American Politics and Government
  • International Relations
  • Model United Nations
  • Politics of International Migration
  • The Politics of Race, Immigration, and Islam
  • The Politics of US Immigration
  • Constitutional Law
  • The Politics of Race & Ethnicity
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Media & Politics
  • Politics & Economic Policy
  • Comparative Political Change
  • Public Opinion
  • Political Psychology
  • Voting Behavior
  • The Congress
High-Impact Practices
  • Model United Nations
  • Faculty-Led Study Abroad Experiences: France, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Japan-Korea
  • Mayor's Advisory Commission (City of West Haven)
  • Washington Internship Institute
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • Elections and the Public Will Election Exit Polling

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