Elizabeth C. Connors

About Me

  • I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. Broadly speaking, I study political behavior in American politics. Specifically, my research examines how social motivations and social contexts influence political attitudes and behaviors. Related to this (and in addition to other work), I am currently examining or have examined how the desire to impress others or fit in can influence reported political attitudes, political values, and affective polarization; how motivations, gender, tone, and confidence all influence the outcomes of social communication about politics; the extent of social polarization and how that is influenced by political anger; and the strength of social over media influence in politics. My work has been funded by Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS) and has been published or is forthcoming in The Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Science Research and Methods, and the Journal of Experimental Political Science.