Skip Navigation

Tyler Johnson

Skip Side Navigation

Tyler Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

209 Dale Hall Tower


Phone: 405-325-5019

Research Fields: Public Opinion, Mass Media, and Campaigns, Elections, & Voting

B.A., Northwestern University
Ph.D., Texas A&M University

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.

Shortle, Allyson and Tyler Johnson. "Owning Immigration: Messenger Ethnicity, Issue Ownership, and Support For Latino Candidates." Forthcoming at Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. 

Johnson, Tyler. "Deny and Attack or Concede and Correct? Image Repair and the Politically Scandalized." Forthcoming at Journal of Political Marketing.

Johnson, Tyler, and David Rossbach. "Foreign Affairs, Domestic Attention: Explaining American Media Coverage of the European Financial Crisis.Social Science Quarterly, 96(5): 1328-1347.

Johnson, Tyler and Paul M. Kellstedt. 2014. "Media Consumption and the Dynamics of Policy Mood.Political Behavior, 36(2): 377-399.

Johnson, Tyler and Caitlin O'Grady. 2013. "Speakers and the Spotlight: Explaining Media Coverage of Leadership in the House of Representatives.American Politics Research, 41(3): 498-532.

Johnson, Tyler. 2012. "Equality, Morality, and the Impact of Media Framing: Explaining Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Unions.Politics & Policy, 40(6): 1053-1080.

Weber, Christopher, Johanna Dunaway, and Tyler Johnson. 2012. "It's All in the Name: Source Cut Ambiguity and the Persuasive Appeal of Campaign Ads.Political Behavior, 34(3): 561-584.

Johnson, Tyler and Erica Socker. 2012. "Actions, Factions, and Interactions: Newsworthy Influences on Supreme Court Coverage.Social Science Quarterly, 93(2): 434-463.

Johnson, Tyler, Johanna Dunaway, and Christopher Weber. 2011. "Consider The Source: Variations in the Effects of Negative Campaign Messages." Journal of Integrated Social Sciences, 2(1): 98-127.

Conner, Thaddieus, Alisa Hicklin Fryar, and Tyler Johnson. 2017. "Information Versus Ideology: Shaping Attitudes Toward Native American Policy.The Social Science Journal, 54(1): 56-66.