Department of Political Science

Julian Christensen

Assistant Professor

Profile photoJulian Christensen, research assistant
Department of Political Science
Bartholins Allé 7, building 1340, 236
8000 Aarhus C

Mobile: +4542234510


2015-2018 (expected): PhD in Political Science, Aarhus University
2013-2015: MSc Political Science, Aarhus University
2009-2013: BSc Political Science, Aarhus University


The Role of Evidence in Politics: Motivated Reasoning and Persuasion among Politicians

Bækgaard, M., Christensen, J., Dahlmann, C. M., Mathiasen, A. & Petersen, N. B., Jul 2019, In : British Journal of Political Science. 49, 3, p. 1117-1140 24 p.

Biased, Not Blind: An Experimental Test of Self-Serving Biases in Service Users' Evaluations of Performance Information

Christensen, J., 2018, In : Public Administration. 96, 3, p. 468-480

How Do Elected Officials Evaluate Performance? Goal Preferences, Governance Preferences, and the Process of Goal Reprioritization

Christensen, J., Dahlmann, C. M., Mathiasen, A. H., Moynihan, D. P. & Petersen, N. B., 2018, In : Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 28, 2, p. 197-211 15 p.

Let’s look at the facts: An investigation of psychological biases in policymakers’ interpretation of policy-relevant information

Christensen, J., 2018, Forlaget Politica. 84 p. (Politicas ph.d.-serie).

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Research area

- Evidence-based policymaking
- Performance information use
- Psychological biases
- Citizen-state interactions
- Administrative burden

Teaching area

- Public Administration
- Experimental methods

Courses taught

- MA seminar, fall 2017: Performance Management in the Public Sector: Challenges and Perspectives
- Class instruction at BA level, fall 2017: Public Administration

Invited talks

Research presentations
- The Behavioural Insights Team, London (May 2018)
- Constructive Institute, Aarhus (March 2018)
- University of Exeter (June 2017)
- School of Public Affairs & Administration, Rutgers University (December 2016)
- The Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin (October 2016)

Popular scientific presentations
- Kulturhuset Skanderborg (March 2018)
- Think Tank DEA (January 2018)
- AU Library (May 2017)
- The Danish American Scenter, Minneapolis (October 2016)


- Interviews in national and international media such as Quartz, DR P1 & DR P3 (radio), DR Detektor (TV). Furthermore, coverage of research in national and international media such as The Washington Post, Ars Technica, Dagbladet Information, Berlingske, Politiken, and Altinget

Further activities

- 2016-2018: Member of Academic Council, Aarhus BSS
- 2015-2018: Member of the International Public Management Journal (IPMJ) PhD Student Advisory Board
- 2016-2016: Research stay at University of Minnesota (August - December)