Kristyn Karl (kkarl)

Kristyn Karl

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Morton 319
(201) 216-8245


  • PhD (2015) University of Michigan (Political Science)
  • MA (2011) University of Michigan (Political Science)
  • BA (2006) Franklin & Marshall College (Government, Psychology)


Political Psychology, Risk Communication, Media Effects, Race & Gender Politics, Biological Foundations of Political Behavior

Institutional Service

  • CAL Subject Pool Chair
  • Vice President Enrollment Management Search Committee Member
  • Faculty Senate Member
  • Junior Faculty Board of Representatives Member
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Stevens Employee Handbook Member
  • Academic Appeals Committee Chair
  • External Unit Review: Center for Faculty Engagement & Advancement Member

Professional Service

  • Reviewer
  • Chair, Discussant
  • American Journal of Political Science; Political Behavior; Science Communication; Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Reviewer
  • American Political Science Association; International Society of Political Psychology; Southern Political Science Association Discussant

Professional Societies

  • Midwest Political Science Association Member
  • APSA – American Political Science Association Member
  • WCPS – National Women's Caucus for Political Science Member
  • SPSA – Southern Political Science Association Member
  • ISPP – International Society of Political Psychology Member

Grants, Contracts and Funds

Reinventing Civil Defense. Carnegie Corporation of New York. ($500,000; PI, with Alex Wellerstein). 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.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Nuclear Risk Communication Tools.
Thompson Family Foundation. ($37,600; PI, with Ashley Lytle).

Gender, Emotion, and Political Communication. Stevens’ College of
Arts and Letters Small Grant ($3,900; with Lindsey Cormack).

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Karl, K.; Cormack, L. (2021). Big Boys Don’t Cry: Evaluations of Politicians Across Issue, Gender, and Emotion. Political Behavior .
  2. Cormack, L.; Karl, K. (2021). Why Women Earn High Marks: Examining the Role of Partisanship and Gender in Political Evaluations. . Politics & Gender.
  3. Karl, K.; Lytle, A. (2020). Nuclear Threat Risk Communication: Evaluating the Impact of Message Exposure and Format. Journal of Risk Research. Glen Ridge.
  4. Lytle, A.; Karl, K. (2020). Understanding Americans’ Attitudes toward Nuclear Weapons and Estimated Risk of Nuclear Attack. International Journal of Communication (14 ed., pp. 299-323). International Journal of Communication.
  5. Karl, K.; Lytle, A. (2020). Nuclear weapons risk communication: evaluating the impact of message exposure and format. Journal of Risk Research.
  6. Karl, K. (2019). Motivating Participation Through Political Ads: Comparing the Effects of Physiology and Self-Reported Emotion. Political Behavior (Sept. 2019 ed.). Springer.
  7. Karl, K.; Ryan, T. (2016). When are Stereotypes about Black Candidates Applied? An Experimental Test. Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Politics (2 ed., vol. 1, pp. 253-279).
  8. Lupia, A.; Karl, K.; Al, E. (2015). What Does it Take to Reduce Racial Prejudice in Individual-Level Candidate Evaluations? A Formal Theoretic Perspective. Political Science Research and Methods (1 ed., vol. 3, pp. 1-20).

Magazine/Trade Publication

  1. Karl, K.; Lytle, A. (2019). This is not a drill: Lessons from the false Hawaiian missile alert. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist.

Newspaper Article

  1. Karl, K.; Lytle, A.; Wellerstein, A. (2019). A nuclear bomb might not kill you. But not knowing how to respond might.. Washington Post.


Political Psychology and the Media

Research Design and Methodology, Social Sciences & STS

Introduction to Science Communication

U.S. Campaigns and Elections

STEM Law and Policy, Pre-College Summer Program

Special Topics: Persuasion and Communication Strategy

Seminar in Leadership Studies