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Dr. Christopher Devine is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at MVNU. Born and raised in western Massachusetts, he earned his B.A. in Government and English at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. In 2011, he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University with a major concentration in American Politics and a minor in Political Psychology.

Since joining MVNU in 2011, Dr. Devine has taught courses on Campaigns and Elections, Political Parties and Interest Groups, Political Thought, Public Policy, Comparative Politics, and The American Constitution, as well as an Honors seminar on the 2012 U.S. presidential election.

Dr. Devine's primary research interests are in the areas of elections, political parties, public opinion, ideology, and political psychology. His Ph.D. dissertation, titled Ideological Social Identity: How Psychological Attachment to Ideological Groups Shapes Political Attitudes and Behaviors, won the Herbert R. Spencer Award for the Best Political Science dissertation of the 2010-2011 academic year at The Ohio State University. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Political Psychology, Political Behavior, Presidential Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, and Electoral Studies. Also, he has presented his research at annual conferences of the American Political Science Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, and the Southern Political Science Association.

Recently, Dr. Devine's research on the vice presidential home state advantage, co-authored with Dr. Kyle C. Kopko, has been cited by former George W. Bush presidential campaign manager Karl Rove in The Wall Street Journal and on Fox News, as well as in news articles from The Wall Street Journal and Canada's CBCNews.

Dr. Devine lives in Sunbury, Ohio, with his wife Trudy and young son Hayes. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, rooting for the Cleveland Indians, visiting presidential home and museums (20 and counting!), reading biographies of U.S. presidents, and avidly following politics. He thoroughly enjoys working with his talented students and cultivating a love for politics that will hopefully develop them intellectually and guide them toward enriching and purposeful careers.

No less important is the opportunity to engage in mutual spiritual growth at MVNU. A favorite scripture captures Dr. Devine's perspective on the blessings of faith: "Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see now, rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever" (2 Corinthians 4:16-18, NLT).
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