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Scott Clifford


Associate Professor
424 PGH



Research Interests

Political psychology
Survey research
Experimental designs

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Biographical Summary

Scott Clifford is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston. His research focuses on political and moral psychology, addressing questions such as how our moral beliefs and values influence our political attitudes and how politicians use moral rhetoric to influence the public. In addition to his substantive work, he also conducts research on best practices in survey and experimental design.


Ph.D. Political Science, Florida State University
M.S. Political Science, Florida State University
B.A. Political Science and Philosophy, Western Washington University

Selected Publications

Clifford, Scott. "Linking Issue Stances and Trait Inferences: A Theory of Moral Exemplification." Journal of Politics 76(3): 698-710.

Clifford, Scott and Jennifer Jerit. 2013. "How Words Do the Work of Politics: Moral Foundations Theory and the Debate over Stem Cell Research." Journal of Politics 75(3): 659-671.

Clifford, Scott. 2012. "Reassessing the Unequal Representation of Latinos and African Americans." Journal of Politics 74 (3): 903-916.