Dr. Mark Russell Joslyn

Dr. Mark Joslyn
  • Professor
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Political Science

Contact Info

Blake Hall 313
1541 Lilac Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045


Ph.D. in Political Science, Washington University, 1996, Saint Louis


Broadly, I study attitude formation and change. How are political attitudes formed and under what conditions may we expect change? I draw from cognitive and motivational theories, recognizing the value of both to understanding the complexities of the political mind. Recently, I have devoted considerable time to examining the determinants of causal attributions. Specifically, what are the individual and contextual factors that influence the public's causal attributions? Hotly debated attributions such as the causes of mass shootings, obesity, homosexuality, wealth and success are the present focus of my research.

Selected Publications

Joslyn, M. (2017). An Emerging Political Identity? Gun Ownership and Voting in Presidential Elections. Special Issue: Gun Politics. Social Science Quarterly - Issue 2 | Volume 98.
Joslyn, M. (2003). Remembering Past Preferences: The Political Antecedents and Consequences of Autobiographical Memories of the Gulf War. American Journal of Political Science - Issue 3 | Volume 47.
Joslyn, M. (2003). Framing the Lewinsky Affair: The Likelihood of Third-Person Perception by Scandal Frame. Political Psychology.
Joslyn, M. (2003). The Changing Readability of Introductory Political Science Textbooks: A Case Study of Burns and Peltason, Government by the People. PS: Political Science and Politics.
Joslyn, M. (2002). Framing Effects on Personal Opinion and Perception of Public Opinion: The Cases of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Social Security. Social Science Quarterly.
Joslyn, M. (2002). The Extensiveness of Group Membership and Social Capital: The Impact on Political Tolerance Attitudes. Political Research Quarterly.
Joslyn, M. (2002). Trickle Up Political Socialization: The Impact of Kids Voting USA on Voter Turnout in Kansas. State Politics and Policy Quarterly.
Joslyn, M. (2002). Joslyn, Mark Russell. Groups, Social Capital, and Democratic Orientations. Interest Group Politics. CQ Press.
Joslyn, M. (2002). Joslyn, Mark Russell. The Implications for Campaigns. Choosing a President: The Electoral College and Beyond. Chatham House.
Joslyn, M. (2001). Review of Affective Intelligence and Political Judgment by George E. Markus, W. Russel Neuman & Michael MacKuen. American Political Science Review - Issue 4 | Volume 95.
Joslyn, M. (2001). Cognitive Dissonance and Post-Decision Attitude Change in Six Presidential Elections. Political Psychology.
Joslyn, M. (2001). Group Involvement and Democratic Orientations: Social Capital in the Post-Election Context. Social Science Quarterly.
Joslyn, M. (2001). Gun Policy, Opinion, and Blame Attribution: The Conditional Influence of Issue Frames. The Journal of Politics.
Joslyn, M. (2001). Individual and Contextual Effects on Attributions about Pornography. The Journal of Politics.
Joslyn, M. (2000). Guns in the Ballot Box: Information, Groups, and Opinion in Ballot Initiative Campaigns. American Politics Quarterly.
Joslyn, M. (2000). Minority Group Interests and Political Representation: Gay Elected Officials in the Policy Process. The Journal of Politics.
Joslyn, M. (2000). Motor Voter: A License for Roll-off. The American Review of Politics.