Rune Slothuus is a Professor of Political Science at Aarhus University. He studies public opinion, political psychology, and political communication. His current research focuses on how citizens form political opinions in response to communication (e.g., frames, arguments, and cues), with a particular interest in how citizens use messages from political parties to form opinions and make political decisions.
Rune Slothuus leads the research group "PARTYOPINION - The Informational Role of Political Parties in Citizens’ Opinion Formation," funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant. His research is also supported by a Sapere Aude: DFF-Starting Grant from Independent Research Fund Denmark, among others.
Slothuus’ work has appeared in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Science, and other journals. He is also a co-author (with Paul M. Sniderman, Michael Bang Petersen, and Rune Stubager) of Paradoxes of Liberal Democracy published by Princeton University Press. See Google Scholar profile.
In 2015, Slothuus received the Erik Erikson Early Career Award from the International Society of Political Psychology. Moreover, his work is recognized by best paper awards from American Political Science Association, International Communication Association, and International Society of Political Psychology, and Slothuus was the first recipient of the Aarhus University Faculty of Social Science Research Prize in 2009.
He obtained the PhD degree in political science from Aarhus University in 2008 and has studied political psychology at Stony Brook University and political communication at Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR).