I am completing my Ph.D. in the Department of Political Science at Stony Brook University, where I am co-recipient of the class of 2019 Milton Lodge Award for outstanding graduate student researcher in political science. Broadly speaking, my research interests are in political behavior, political communication, and political psychology in American politics. Specifically, my dissertation focuses on the following question: do people’s social surroundings influence their political values, opinions, and behaviors? This is a question that has recently come into sharper focus given the increase in social connections brought about by new technology. My dissertation consists of three papers which each consider the nature of social influence in different political contexts and through a variety of methodological approaches. Much of my work reinforces the idea that people are not practicing politics in a vacuum—their surroundings, most especially their social context, has an important influence on their politics.