My research interests are anchored in political participation and civic engagement, utilizing theories from political science, psychology, and mass communication to gain greater understanding of the ways in which individuals become, stay, choose not to, or are prevented from being involved in the political realm, anchored on concepts of learned helplessness. My dissertation focused on the role of contextual factors, such as political polarization and income inequality on disaffection generally, and learned helplessness specifically, and the way context impacts conventional and unconventional political participation.
Additionally, my research agenda includes exploration into the use of alternative methodologies for the study of electoral behavior and political attitudes, such as implicit candidate evaluations and trait associations, as well as, better-informed models explaining political participation and voter turnout. Further, I am working with coauthors to examine ideological motivated reasoning connected to conspiracy endorsement and the consequences of political misinformation.
Ksiazkiewicz, Aleksander, Joseph A. Vitriol, and Christina E. Farhart. (2018). “Implicit candidate trait perceptions in political campaigns.” Political Psychology, 39: 177-195.
Sheagley, Geoffrey, Phillip G. Chen, and Christina E. Farhart. (2017). “Racial Resentment,Hurricane Sandy, and the Spillover of Racial Attitudes into Evaluations of Government Organizations.” Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 17: 105-131.
Miller, Joanne M., Kyle L. Saunders, and Christina E. Farhart. (2016). “Conspiracy Endorsement as Motivated Reasoning: The Moderating Roles of Political Knowledge and Trust.” American Journal of Political Science, 60(4): 824-244. (An earlier version of this paper was awarded the Paul Lazarsfeld Award, which recognizes the best paper on political communication selected for the previous year’s (2014) Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.)
Chen, Philip G., Jacob Appleby, Eugene Borgida Timothy H. Callaghan, Pierce Ekstrom, Christina E. Farhart, Elizabeth Housholder, Hannah Kim, Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz, Howard Lavine, Matthew D. Luttig, Ruchika Mohanty, Aaron Rosenthal, Geoff Sheagley, Brianna A. Smith, Joseph A. Vitriol, and Allison Williams. (2014). “The Minnesota Multi-Investigator 2012 Presidential Election Panel Study,” Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 14: 78-104.
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Farhart, Christina E., Joanne M. Miller, Kyle L. Saunders, and Marissa Theys. (invited book chapter). “It Was the Best of Plots, It Was the Worst of Plots: Why Do People Believe Conspiracy Theories? A Tale of Two Motives.”
Miller, Joanne, Kyle Saunders, and Christina E. Farhart. (between reviews). “The Impact of Asking Conspiracy Theory Questions on Data Quality.”
Vitriol, Joseph A., Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz, and Christina E. Farhart. (in preparation). “On the consequences of implicit and explicit attitudinal incongruence in political contexts."
Christina E. Farhart. (in preparation). “Who Said Voting Wasn’t Racialized? Framing Effects, Racial Cues, and Support for Contemporary Voting Restrictions”
Ekstrom, Pierce, Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz, Christina E. Farhart, and Rafael Aguilera. (in preparation). “Cold-Hearted Republicans and Soft-Headed Democrats: Affective and Political Consequences of Negative Partisan Stereotypes”
Bagozzi, Benjamin E. and Christina E. Farhart. (in preparation). “Double Peaked Preferences.”