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Department of Political Science

Elizabeth C. Connors Receives NSF-funded TESS grant

Assistant professor Elizabeth C. Connors recently received a Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS) grant for her project, “Everyone’s Doing It: Affective Polarization is Inflated by Social Pressure.” TESS is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) - proposals that are funded by TESS field a survey experiment on a probability-based sample. Elizabeth’s project speaks to our current politically polarized climate, arguing that this climate has made reporting higher levels of affective polarization socially desirable for partisans—that, essentially, to present oneself as a “good partisan,” Democrats and Republicans exaggerate their animosity toward the out-party and their favorability towards the in-party. This project is part of Elizabeth’s larger research agenda that examines how self-presentation desires and social context influence political attitudes and behavior.

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