Kevin Arceneaux

**During the 2015-2016 Academic Year, Professor Arceneaux is on Sabbatical and a fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton.

453 Gladfelter Hall
1114 W. Berks St.


Political psychology, Political communication, Biopolitics; attitudes, Experimental methods


Kevin Arceneaux is Professor of Political Science, Faculty Affiliate with the Institute for Public Affairs, and Director of the Behavioral Foundations Lab at Temple University. He studies political communication, political psychology, and political behavior, focusing on the interaction between political messages and people’s political predispositions. His recent book,Changing Minds or Changing Channels: Partisan News in an Age of Choice (2013, University of Chicago Press, co-authored with Martin Johnson) employs novel experimental methods to investigate how human agency shapes the influence of political media. It was co-winner of the 2014 Goldsmith Book Prize awarded by the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. He has published articles on the influence of partisan campaigns on voting behavior, the effects of predispositions on attitude formation, the role of human biology in explaining individual variation in predispositions, and experimental methodology.

In 2012, Professor Arceneaux received the Emerging Scholar Award from the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). He is an active member of the APSA Experiments in Political Science section, a member of the Experiments in Governance and Politics (EGAP) group, and a Laboratories of Democracies research affiliate. He also serves as an Associate Editor for theJournal of Experimental Political Science and, along with Cindy Kam, as a co-editor for the Routledge Series on Experimental Political Science. He has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Political Science and Political Communication.

Professor Arceneaux has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, the JEHT Foundation, CIRCLE, and Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences. His work appears in numerous scholarly journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, Political Communication, Political Psychology,and Political Analysis. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rice University (2003). Before joining the faculty at Temple University, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University.

Selected Publications

  • Arceneaux, Kevin, Martin Johnson, René Lindstädt, Ryan J. Vander Wielen. “The Influence of News Media on Political Elites: Investigating Strategic Responsiveness in Congress.” American Journal of Political Science, forthcoming.
  • Arceneaux, Kevin, and Martin Johnson. 2013. Changing Minds or Changing Channels? Partisan News in an Age of Choice. University of Chicago Press.
  • Arceneaux, Kevin. 2012. “Cognitive Biases and the Strength of Political Arguments,” American Journal of Political Science, 56 (2): 271-85.

Courses Taught

  • Public Opinion
  • Political Psychology
  • Quantitative Methods


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