Chris Haynes, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor
Coordinator of Political Science

Political Science Department
College of Arts & 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 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.


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 Research Projects

Book project with Karthick Ramakrishnan examining the political effects of WWII internment on Japanese Americans using in-depth interviews, voter registration files, and other historical and secondary data.

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.

Courses Taught
  • American Politics and Government
  • Model United Nations
  • 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
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