Dr Kris Dunn


I am a quantitatively-oriented, comparative political psychologist interested in explaining the social and political origins and consequences of individuals’ value orientations.

I started my position in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds in 2013. Before this, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Vienna; and a Lecturer in Electoral Politics at the University of Exeter before that. I received my PhD in Political Science from Michigan State University in 2009, with field exams in Comparative Politics and Democratic Theory.


  • Programme Manager: MSc Political Science

Research interests

I work at the intersection of political science and social psychology, investigating the reciprocal relationship between political institutions and individual psychology and political behavior. My predominant research agenda focuses on value orientations (authoritarianism in particular) and how these orientations interact with the social and political environment to influence political representation, tolerance, and perceptions of governance.

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  • PhD in Political Science
  • MA in Political Science
  • BA in Psychology
  • BA in Criminal Justice

Student education

I currently teach modules on research design and statistical analysis.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Democratic Engagement
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