Mark R. Joslyn

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Political Science
Professor
Graduate Director
Primary office:
785-864-9046
Blake Hall
Room 313
1541 Lilac Lane, Rm 313
Lawrence, Kansas 66045-3129


American Politics, Voting Behavior, Public Opinion, Research Methods

 

 

 

Research

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. R., Haider-Markel, D. P., Baggs, M., & Bilbo, A. (in press). An Emerging Political Identity? Gun Ownership and Voting in Presidential Elections. Social Science Quarterly.

Joslyn, M. R., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (in press). Gun Ownership and Self-Serving Attributions for Mass Shooting Tragedies. Social Science Quarterly.

Haider-Markel, D. P., & Joslyn, M. R. (2017). Nanny State Politics. Causal Attributions about Obesity and Support for Regulation. American Politics Research.

Joslyn, M. R., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2016). Genetic Attributions, Immutability, and Stereotypical Judgments: An Analysis of Homosexuality. Social Science Quarterly. DOI:10.1111/ssqu.12263

Lowry, W., & Joslyn, M. (2014). The Determinants of Salience of Energy Issues. Review of Policy Research, 31(3), 153-172.

Joslyn, M. R., & Haider-Markel, D. (in press). The Politics of Causes: Mass Shootings and the Cases of Virginia Tech and Tucson Tragedies. Social Science Quarterly.

Joslyn, M. R. (2010). U.S. American Politics Reader, Kendall Hall Publishing.

Joslyn, M. R., & Haider-Markel, D. (2008). Beliefs about Homosexuality and Support for Gay Rights: An Empirical Test of Attribution Theory. Public Opinion Quarterly.

Joslyn, M. R., & Johansen, M. (2008). Political Persuasion during Times of Crisis: The Effects of Education and News Media of Citizens' Factual Information about Iraq. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.

Joslyn, M. R., & Sharp, E. (2008). Culture, Segregation, and Tolerance in Urban America. Social Science Quarterly.

Joslyn, M. R., & Haider-Markel, D. (2008). Pulpits versus Ivory Towers: Socializing Agents and Evolution Attitudes. Social Science Quarterly.

Joslyn, M. R., & Haider-Markel, D. (2007). Sociotropic Concerns and Support for Counterterrorism Policies. Social Science Quarterly, 88(2).

Joslyn, M. R., Haider-Markel, D., & Al-Baghal, M. Tarek (2006). Can We Frame the Terrorist Threat? Issue Frames, the Perception of Threat, and Opinions on Counterterrorism Policies. Terrorism and Political Violence, 18, 545-559.

Joslyn, M. R., & Haider-Markel, D. (2006). Should We Really 'Kill' the Messenger: Framing Physician Assisted Suicide and the Ambiguous Role of Messengers. Political Communication.

Joslyn, M. R., & Haider-Markel, D. (2005). Attributions and the Regulation of Marriage: Considering the Parallels Between Race and Homosexuality. Political Science and Politics.

Joslyn, M. R., & Haider-Markel, D. (2004). Just How Important is the Messenger Versus the Message? The Case of Framing Physician-Assisted Suicide. Death Studies, 28, 1-20.

Joslyn, M. R. (2003). Framing the Lewinsky Affair: The Likelihood of Third-Person Perception by Scandal Frame. Political Psychology.

Joslyn, M. R., Heilke, T., & Aguado, A. (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. R. (2003). Remembering Past Preferences: The Political Antecedents and Consequences of Autobiographical Memories of the Gulf War. American Journal of Political Science, 47(3), 440-452.

Joslyn, M. R., & Cigler, A. J. (2002). Groups, Social Capital, and Democratic Orientations. In A. J. Cigler & B. A. Loomis (Eds.), Interest Group Politics(6th ed.). CQ Press.

Joslyn, M. R., Mayer, W., Buell, E., & Campbell, J. (2002). The Implications for Campaigns. In P. D. Schumaker & B. A. Loomis (Eds.), Choosing a President: The Electoral College and Beyond. New York: Chatham House.

Joslyn, M. R., Cigler, A. J., & Loomis, B. A. (2002). The Kansas Christian Right and the Evolution of Republican Politics. In J. Green, M. Rozell, & C. Wilcox (Eds.), Marching Toward the Millennium: The Christian Right in the States 1980-2000. Georgetown University Press.

Joslyn, M. R., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (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. R., & Cigler, A. J. (2002). The Extensiveness of Group Membership and Social Capital: The Impact on Political Tolerance Attitudes. Political Research Quarterly.

Joslyn, M. R., & Linimon, A. (2002). Trickle Up Political Socialization: The Impact of Kids Voting USA on Voter Turnout in Kansas. State Politics and Policy Quarterly.

Joslyn, M. R. (2001). [Review of Affective Intelligence and Political Judgment, by George E. Markus, W. Russel Neuman & Michael MacKuen]. American Political Science Review, 95(4), 1003-1004.

Joslyn, M. R., & Beasley, R. K. (2001). Cognitive Dissonance and Post-Decision Attitude Change in Six Presidential Elections. Political Psychology.

Joslyn, M. R., & Cigler, A. J. (2001). Group Involvement and Democratic Orientations: Social Capital in the Post-Election Context. Social Science Quarterly.

Joslyn, M. R., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2001). Gun Policy, Opinion, and Blame Attribution: The Conditional Influence of Issue Frames. The Journal of Politics.

Joslyn, M. R., & Sharp, E. (2001). Individual and Contextual Effects on Attributions about Pornography. The Journal of Politics.

Joslyn, M. R., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2000). Guns in the Ballot Box: Information, Groups, and Opinion in Ballot Initiative Campaigns. American Politics Quarterly.

Joslyn, M. R., Haider-Markel, D. P., & Kniss, C. J. (2000). Minority Group Interests and Political Representation: Gay Elected Officials in the Policy Process. The Journal of Politics.

Joslyn, M. R., & Lindaman, K. (2000). Motor Voter: A License for Roll-off. The American Review of Politics.

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