Faculty podcast: How the pandemic is impacting political psychology


KSU’s April Johnson, Kerwin Swint share insight in latest installment of ‘Political Futures’

KENNESAW, Ga. (Apr 29, 2020) — Kennesaw State University professor April Johnson discusses the political psychology of a national crisis in the latest episode of the “Political Futures” podcast hosted by KSU colleague Kerwin Swint.

Johnson’s expertise includes research on the effects that people’s emotions have on political actions and decisions. Along with the toll being taken on the economy and people’s personal lives, the coronavirus outbreak is wreaking havoc with the political calendar, including the presidential campaign, state-level primaries and legislative sessions. Johnson and Swint discuss the psychological distress caused by the daily uncertainty and disruption during the pandemic.

Swint, director of the School of Government and International Affairs at Kennesaw State, provides a non-partisan perspective on current events on “Political Futures.”


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu