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 gender, tone, motivations, and confidence all influence the outcomes of social communication about politics; the strength of social over media influence in politics; and the extent of social polarization and how that is influenced by political anger. My work has been published in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Science Research and Methods, and the Journal of Experimental Political Science.