Kevin (Vin) Arceneaux

Kevin (Vin) Arceneaux

Professor of Political Science

Sciences Po

Kevin (Vin) Arceneaux is Professor of Political Science at the Center for Political Research at Sciences Po Paris. He studies how people make political decisions, paying particular attention to the effects of psychological biases. He has published articles on the influence of partisan campaigns on voting behavior, the effects of predispositions on attitude formation, the role of human biology in explaining individual variation in predispositions, and experimental methodology. His most recent book, Taming Intuition: How Reflection Minimizes Partisan Reasoning and Promotes Democratic Accountability (2017, Cambridge University Press, co-authored with Ryan Vander Wielen), takes a closer look at why people vary in their ability to get beyond their biases and explores the implications for citizens’ ability to live up to the demands of democracy. It won the 2018 Robert E. Lane Best Book Award from the APSA Political Psychology section and was co-winner of the 2018 APSA Experimental Research section’s book award. His last book, Changing Minds or Changing Channels: Partisan News in an Age of Choice (2013, University of Chicago Press, co-authored with Martin Johnson), studies how people’s partisan biases shapes the influence of political media. It was co-winner of the 2014 Goldsmith Book Prize awarded by the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy.

He serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Experimental Political Science and as an Associate Editor for Political Communication.

  • Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior
  • Political Psychology
  • Political Communication
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, 2003

    Rice University

  • M.A. in Political Science, 2000

    Rice University

  • B.S. in Political Science, 1997

    Texas Christian University



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Professor of Political Science
May 2021 – Present Paris, France
Research Fellow
May 2021 – Present Philadelphia (PA), United States
Chercheur Invité
Jun 2019 – Jul 2019 Paris, France
Visiting Fellow
Dec 2018 – Dec 2018 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Thomas J. Freaney, Jr. Professor
Jul 2017 – Jun 2021 Philadelphia (PA), United States
Visiting Fellow
Nov 2016 – Dec 2016 Lyon, France
Visiting Research Fellow
Jul 2015 – Jun 2016 Princeton (NJ), United States
Jul 2014 – Jun 2018 Philadelphia (PA), United States
May 2013 – Jun 2021 Philadelphia (PA), United States
Associate Professor
Jul 2009 – Jun 2014 Philadelphia (PA), United States
Faculty Affiliate
May 2006 – Jun 2021 Philadelphia (PA), United States
Assistant Professor
Aug 2005 – Jun 2009 Philadelphia (PA), United States
Postdoctoral Fellow
Jul 2003 – Jul 2005 New Haven (CT), United States
Jan 2003 – May 2003 Houston (TX), United States
Survey Research Coordinator
Jul 2002 – May 2003 Houston (TX), United States

Behavioral Foundations Lab

Temple University’s Center for Political Behavior Research



My research agenda lies at the intersection of political psychology, political communication, and political behavior. I am especially interested in how the interaction between political messages and people’s intuitions — which partially reflect evolutionary and biological processes — shape opinions and, ultimately, behavior. Motivating my work is the commonplace concern that citizens are easily manipulated by advertising and slick messaging. The research undertaken by my collaborators and me suggests that while most people are not pliant dupes, many also deviate from the democratic ideal of an engaged, deeply informed, and fair-minded citizenry. Individuals possess predispositions, which constrain the influence of political messages disseminated through mass media and by campaigns. While predispositions may sometimes help people behave in ways that are consistent with the democratic ideal, they can also undermine it — especially when predispositions revolve around ingroup biases.


Current Collaborators


Bert N Bakker

Political Psychology, Psychophysiology


Johanna Dunaway

Political Communication, Political Psychology


Lene Aaroe

Political Psychology, Political Communication


Michael Bang Petersen

Political Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology


Ryan Vander Wielen

Congress, Elections, American Politics


Valentina Parma

Sensory bias of political behavior


My CV is available in PDF form.