Dennis Chong

Professor of Political Science
Dennis Chong
Email Office DMC 344 Office Phone (213) 740-6998


Dennis Chong is Chair and Professor of the Department of Political Science at the University of Southern California. He studies American national politics and has published extensively on issues of decision-making, public opinion, political psychology, and collective action. He is the author of Rational Lives, a study of values, group identification, and conflict over social change. He also wrote Collective Action and the Civil Rights Movement, a theoretical study of the dynamics of collective action as well as a substantial study of the American civil rights movement and the local and national politics that surrounded it. Professor Chong’s current research on the influence of information and framing in competitive democratic contexts has received several national awards, including the APSA’s Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Prize. An active member of the profession, Professor Chong has been elected to the Executive Council of the American Political Science Association, and he is co-editor of Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology, a book series published by Cambridge University Press. Professor Chong previously taught at Northwestern University where he is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Political Science (ret.) and a Research Professor at the Institute for Policy Research.

  • Book

    • Chong, D. (2000). Rational Lives: Norms and Values in Politics and Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
    • Chong, D. (1991). Collective Action and the Civil Rights Movement. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    Journal Article

    • Chong, D., Mullinix, K. J. (2019). Information and Issue Constraints on Party Cues. American Politics Research. DOI: 10.1177/1532673X1880.
    • Chong, D., Levy, M. (2018). Competing Norms of Free Expression and Political Tolerance. Social Research: An International Quarterly. Vol. 85, pp. 197-227.
    • Chong, D., Liu, M., Zhang, X. (2016). Collective Resistance in China: Elite-Mass Strategies in an Experimental Game. Political Behavior. Vol. 38, pp. 951-976.
    • Chong, D., Druckman, J. N. (2014). Counterframing Effects. Journal of Politics. Vol. 75, pp. 1-16.
    • Chong, D. (2013). Degrees of Rationality in Politics. Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology. New York: Oxford. pp. 96-129.
    • Chong, D., Druckman, J. N. (2010). Dynamic Public Opinion: Communication Effects over Time. American Political Science Review. Vol. 104, pp. 663-680.
    • Chong, D., Druckman, J. N. (2007). Framing public opinion in competitive democracies. American Political Science Review. Vol. 101, pp. 637-655.
    • Chong, D., Druckman, J. N. (2007). Framing theory. Annual Review of Political Science. Vol. 10, pp. 103-126.
    • Chong, D., Druckman, J. N. (2007). A theory of framing and opinion formation in competitive elite environments. Journal of Communications. Vol. 57, pp. 99-118.
    • Chong, D., Kim, D. (2006). The experiences and effects of economic status among racial and ethnic minorities. American Political Science Review. Vol. 100, pp. 335-351.
    • Chong, D., Rogers, R. (2005). Racial Solidarity and Political Participation. Political Behavior. Vol. 27, pp. 347-74.
    • Chong, D., Conley, P., Citrin, J. (2001). When Self-Interest Matters. Political Psychology. Vol. 22, pp. 541-570.
  • Administrative Appointments

    • Chair, 08/16/2015-08/15/2018
    • Chair, 08/16/2012-08/15/2015
  • Editorships and Editorial Boards

    • Book Series Editor, Cambridge University Press Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology“, 1996 –