Associate Professor of Political Science
Director of Graduate Studies
209 Dale Hall Tower
B.A., Northwestern University, 2001
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2009
Research Fields: Public Opinion, Mass Media, and Campaigns & Elections.
Favorite Courses to Teach: Mass Media & American Politics (PSC 3443), Voters & Campaigns (PSC 3433)
Tyler Johnson is an Associate Professor, teaching courses in American political behavior (including mass media, campaigns and elections, and public opinion). Originally from Streamwood, Illinois, he joined the department in 2009 after receiving his BA in Political Science from Northwestern University and his PhD in Political Science from Texas A&M University. Tyler also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies and directs the Cortez A.M. Ewing Public Service Fellowship.
Tyler's research agenda focuses on how information (be it reporting on the part of the media, campaign advertising, a public service announcement, or a candidate's biography) affects attitudes toward political actors and issues. Forthcoming publications discuss how Americans react to damage control strategies employed by scandalized politicians and how international policymaking cues shape individuals’ willingness to support environmental sustainability agreements. Future projects examine the role of nonprofit mismanagement on Americans’ willingness to give to charity, reactions to the role outside groups play in writing legislation, and the relationship between the modern Republican Party and CEOs running for office.