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Scott Clifford

Dr. Clifford

Associate Professor
424 PGH



Research Interests

Political psychology
Survey research
Experimental designs

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Biographical Summary

Scott Clifford is an Associate 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

Simas, Elizabeth, Scott Clifford, and Justin Kirkland. “How Empathic Concern Fuels Political Polarization.” Forthcoming at the American Political Science Review.

Clifford, Scott, Elizabeth Simas, and Justin Kirkland. 2019. “How Dispositional Empathy Influences Nascent Political Ambition.” Journal of Politics 81(3): 1043-1056.

Clifford, Scott and Jennifer Jerit. 2018. “Disgust, Anxiety, and Political Learning in the Face of Threat.” American Journal of Political Science 62(2): 266-279.