Elizabeth C. Connors

About Me

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina and received my PhD from Stony Brook University in 2019.

Broadly speaking, I study political behavior in American politics. I am especially interested in how social motivations, social contexts, and social discussion about politics influence (and are influenced by) political attitudes and behaviors. Related to this, I am currently examining or have examined how the desire to impress others or fit in can influence reported political attitudes, political beliefs, 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. I have also examined or am examining how political value rhetoric is constrained by party ownership, how election predictions influence turnout, and how cues and framing affected people's responses to COVID-19.

My work has been funded by Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS), is forthcoming in Cambridge University Press' Elements in Experimental Political Science series, 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.

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