Welcome to my academic webpage. My name is Christopher Olds, and I am currently an Assistant Professor in Political Science, Public Administration & Public Policy at Fort Hays State University. I was previously a Lecturer at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida, a Visiting Lecturer at the University of South Florida, and also a Lyman T. Johnson Postdoctoral Diversity Fellow at the University of Kentucky. I earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University, and completed my undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego. Here you will learn about my personal background, my research agenda, and my teaching goals. Empirically evaluating social science research questions that span multiple fields of academic literature is emphasized in both my approach to research and teaching.

My primary substantive fields of emphasis in political science are American politics and public policy. Although my main training is in the field of political science, I feel just as comfortable identifying myself as an interdisciplinary social scientist. Broadly speaking, I am interested in how actors in the sociopolitical system respond to information cues. I am currently focused on the causes and consequences of change to various characteristics of presidential rhetoric. The secondary area of emphasis in my research agenda explores whether change in the level of economic policy uncertainty within a country can contribute to change in the political opinions expressed by the mass public, as well as observable macroeconomic behavior. 

Thank you very much for visiting.


chris [at] chrisolds [dot] com

This is a picture of me from 2010 with my mom and my brother at Balboa Park in San Diego, California. This is one of my favorite pictures.

Check out details on my 2017 research design textbook by clicking on the book image!

Audible audiobook

iTunes Audiobook

Research design textbook now available as audiobook, published by University Press Audiobooks. First ever audiobook of political science research methods commercially produced. Click on Audible and iTunes logos above to learn more!

Research I've conducted on presidential rhetoric covered in Politico piece on Trump's Inaugural Address. Click picture to access.