Dr. Kevin Mullinix

Kevin Mullinix
  • Associate Professor
  • Undergraduate Director
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Political Science

Contact Info

Blake Hall 407
1541 Lilac Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045


Ph.D. in Political Science, Northwestern University, 2015


 His research concentrates on political communication, public opinion, 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 criminal justice policies 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, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, Journal of Experimental Political Science, Journal of Experimental Criminology, Presidential Studies Quarterly, PS: Political Science & Politics, and the Policy Studies Journal. 


Teaching and Research interests: American Politics, Political Communications, Public Policy, Public Opinion, Political Behavior, Research Methods, Surveys & Experiments, Criminal Justice

Selected Publications

Caton, Cora, and Kevin J. Mullinix. Forthcoming. “Partisanship and Support for Restricting the Civil Liberties of Suspected Terrorists.” Political Behavior. 

Mullinix, Kevin J., and Trent Lythgoe. Forthcoming. "Priming Norms to Combat Polarization." Political Research Quarterly

Chong, Dennis, and Kevin J. Mullinix. Forthcoming. “Rational Choice and Information Processing.” Cambridge Handbook of Political Psychology. Danny Osborne and Chris G. Sibley (eds.). Cambridge University Press. 

Mullinix, Kevin J., Toby Bolsen, and Robert J. Norris. Forthcoming. "The Feedback Effects of Controversial Police Use of Force." Political Behavior 43: 881-898.

Hicks, William D., Keving J. Mullinix, and Robert J. Norris. Forthcoming.  The Politics of Wrongful Conviction Legislation." State Politics and Policy Quarterly 21(3): 306-325.

Miles, Matthew R. and Kevin J. Mullinix. Forthcoming. “(Un) Informed Voting: A Test of Compulsory Voting.” Policy Studies Journal.

Norris, Robert J. and Kevin J. Mullinix. 2019. “Framing Innocence: An Experimental Test of Wrongful Convictions and Public Opinion.” Journal of Experimental Criminology 16:311-334

Mullinix, Kevin J. and Robert J. Norris. 2019. “Pulled-Over Rates, Causal Attributions, and Trust in Police.” Political Research Quarterly. 72(2):420-434.

Kernell, Georgia and Kevin J. Mullinix. 2019. “Winners, Losers, and Perceptions of Vote (Mis)Counting.” International Journal of Public Opinion Research 31(1): 1-24.

Coppock, Alexander, Thomas J. Leeper, and Kevin J. Mullinix. 2018. “The Generalizability of Heterogeneous Treatment Effect Estimates Across Samples.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 115(49): 12441-12446.

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

Chong, Dennis and Kevin J. Mullinix. 2018. “Information and Issue Constraints on the Influence of Partisan Cues.” American Politics Research.

Druckman, James N., Adam J. Howat, and Kevin J. Mullinix. 2018. “Graduate Advising in Experimental Research Groups.” PS: Political Science & Politics 51(3): 620-624.

Leeper, Thomas J. and Kevin J. Mullinix. 2018. "Motivated Reasoning." In Oxford Bibliographies.

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