John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Political Science
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Dennis Chong is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. He studies American national politics and has published extensively on issues of decision-making, political psychology, social norms, rationality, tolerance, and collective action. Professor Chong is the author of Rational Lives: Norms and Values in Politics and Society, a study of value formation and change, group identification, and conflict over social norms and values. 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. This book won the William H. Riker Prize given by the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association. Professor Chong’s current research on the influence of information and framing in competitive electoral contexts has received several 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 the acclaimed book series, Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology, published by Cambridge University Press.