Kristyn Karl

School: College of Arts & Letters
Building: Morton
Room: 319
Phone: 3733

Ph.D., Political Science, The University of Michigan, 2015

Committee: Ted Brader (Chair), Arthur Lupia, Stephanie D. Preston, Nicholas A. Valentino

Dissertation: "Missing the Message: The Measurement and Effects of Attention to Political Advertisements"

Graduate Teacher Certificate, The University of Michigan, 2014

M.A., Political Science, The University of Michigan, 2011

B.A., Government and Psychology, Franklin and Marshall College, 2006



American Politics, Political Psychology and Decision-Making, Public Opinion, Physiology and Biological Foundations of Behavior, Communication and the Media, Racial and Identity Politics

Honors & Awards


  • National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant, Political Science (Finalist), 2013, (Not funded due to FY 2013 Appropriations Act).
  • American Political Science Association, Political Psychology Distinguished Junior Scholar, 2012.
Professional Societies

American Political Science Association

Midwest Political Science Association


American Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, Electoral Studies, American Politics Research. 

Grants, Contracts & Funds
  • Reinventing Civil Defense. Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. ($500k). Seeks to develop new communication strategies regarding nuclear risk that have high potential to resonate with a public audience. Building on the prior history of Civil Defense, the overarching goal is to identify what an effective, non-partisan, level-headed approach to nuclear risk communication looks like in the 21st century. 
Selected Publications
  1. Karl, Kristyn L. and Ryan, Timothy J.. (Sep 2016). "When are Stereotypes about Black Candidates Applied? An Experimental Test", The Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, 1 (2), 253-279.
  2. Lupia, A., L. S. Casey, K. L. Karl, S. Piston, T. J. Ryan, and C. Skovron. (Jan 2015). "What Does it Take to Reduce Racial Prejudice in Individual-Level Candidate Evaluations? A Formal Theoretic Perspective", Political Science Research and Methods, 3 (1), 1-20.
Book Chapters
  1. Brader, T., G.Marcus, and K. Miller. (2011). "Emotion and Public Opinion", The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media, R. Shapiro and L. Jacobs, Oxford University Press. 384-401.
  • HHS 371 Modern US Presidency and the Legislative Process
  • HSS 401 Seminar in Leadership Studies
  • CAL 301 Seminar in Writing and Research Methods
  • HST 160 Introduction to Science Communication