Kevin Mullinix

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Primary office:
Blake 407


Kevin Mullinix is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. His research concentrates on political behavior and public policy. Professor Mullinix examines the extent to which political parties and elected officials shape the public’s attitudes toward various policies. More recently, his research has focused on the effects of wrongful convictions for attitudes toward the death penalty and the effects of racial disparities in the justice system for trust in police. ​He has a related research agenda on the generalizability of experiments in the social sciences. Professor Mullinix has published his research in Political Behavior, Political Communication, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Experimental Political Science, Presidential Studies Quarterly, PS: Political Science & Politics, and the Policy Studies Journal. 


Ph. D., Political Science, Northwestern University (2015)
M.A. Political Science, Northwestern University (2013)
M.A. Political Science, Univsrity of Kansas (2011)
B.A. Political Science, Washburn University (2008)



Teaching and Research Interests:

  • American politics
  • Public policy
  • Public opinion
  • Political behavior
  • Research methods
  • Surveys and experiments
  • Criminal justice




Mullinix, Kevin J. and Robert J. Norris. Forthcoming. “Pulled-Over Rates, Causal Attributions, and Trust in Police.” Political Research Quarterly.

Mullinix, Kevin J. 2018. “Civic Duty and Political Preference Formation.” Political Research Quarterly. 71(1): 199-214.

Kernell, Georgia and Kevin J. Mullinix. 2018. “Winners, Losers, and Perceptions of Vote (Mis)Counting.” International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Druckman, James N., Adam J. Howat, and Kevin J. Mullinix. 2018. “Graduate Advising in Experimental Research Groups.” PS: Political Science & Politics.

Mullinix, Kevin J. 2016. “Partisanship and Preference Formation: Elite Polarization, Issue Importance, and Competing Motivations.” Political Behavior. 38(2): 383-411.

Robison, Joshua and Kevin J. Mullinix. 2016. “Elite Polarization and Public Opinion: How Polarization is Communicated and its Effects.” Political Communication. 33(2): 261-282.

Mullinix, Kevin J., Thomas J. Leeper, Jeremy Freese, and James N. Druckman. 2015. “The Generalizability of Survey Experiments.” Journal of Experimental Political Science. 2(2): 109-138.

Mullinix, Kevin J.  2015. “Presidential Debates, Partisan Motivations, and Political Interest.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 45(2): 270-288.

Druckman, James N., Thomas J. Leeper, and Kevin J. Mullinix. 2014. “The Experimental Study of Legislative Behavior.” Oxford Handbook of Legislative Studies. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 194-212.

Sharp, Elaine B. and Kevin J. Mullinix. 2012. “Holding Their Feet to the Fire:  Explaining Variation in City Governments’ Use of Controls on Economic Development Subsidies.” Economic Development Quarterly. 26: 138-150.

Mullinix, Kevin J. 2011. “Lingering Debates and Innovative Advances: The State of Public Opinion Research.” The Policy Studies Journal. 39(No. S1), pp. 61-76



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