I work collaboratively with a group of fantastic undergraduate research assistants as part of the Social Networks and Political Psychology (SNaPP) Lab. You can check out our work here.
I am broadly interested in how geographic contexts and social interactions affect our political behavior, and how innate differences between people (genetic, physiological, and psychological differences) moderate the effects of those contextual exposures. My research uses the core methodological tools employed in our discipline, but I am also interested in integrating tools from other disciplines—such as behavior genetics and psychophysiology—to inform our approach in understanding key questions within political science.
A Natural Experiment in Proposal Power and Electoral Success (Peter John Loewen, Royce Koop, Jaime Settle, and James H. Fowler), American Journal of Political Science (forthcoming)
Yahtzee: An Anonymized Group Level Matching Procedure (with Jason Jones, Robert Bond, Chris Fariss, Cameron Marlow, Adam Kramer, and James Fowler), PLoS ONE 8(2): e55760 (February 2013)
Inferring Tie Strength from Online Directed Behavior (with Jason Jones, Robert Bond, Chris Fariss, Cameron Marlow, Adam Kramer, and James H. Fowler), PLoS ONE 8(1): e52168 (January 2013)
A 61-Million-Person Experiment in Social Influence and Political Mobilization (with Robert M. Bond, Christopher J. Fariss, James H. Fowler, Jason J. Jones, Adam D. I. Kramer, and Cameron Marlow), Nature 489: 295-298 (13 September 2012)
Integrating Social Science and Genetics: News from the Political Front (with Peter Hatemi, Christopher Dawes, Brad Verhulst, and Amanda Frost Keller), Biodemography, 57(1):67-87 (May 2011)
The Social Origins of Adult Political Behavior (with Robert Bond and Justin Levitt), American Politics Research, (March 2011)
Correlated Genotypes in Friendship Networks (with James Fowler and Nicholas Christakis), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(5): 1993-1997 (1 February 2011)
Friendships Moderate an Association between a Dopamine Gene Variant and Political Ideology (with James Fowler, Christopher Dawes, and Nicholas Christakis), Journal of Politics 72 (4): 1189–1198 (October 2010)
The Heritability of Partisan Attachment, (with James H. Fowler and Christopher T. Dawes) Political Research Quarterly 62(3): 601-613 (September 2009)
Fowler, James H., Peter John Loewen, Christopher T. Dawes, and Jaime Settle. 2011. “Games, Genes, and Political Participation.” Eds. Rose McDermott and Pete Hatemi. Man is by Nature and Nurture a Political Animal. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Manuscripts and Working Papers
“Genes, Anxiety, and Turnout: A Field Experiment,” with Christopher Dawes, Peter J. Loewen and Costas Panagopoulos. Under Review
“Day-to-Day Political Engagement Partially Mediates the Effect of Competition on Voting” with Robert M. Bond, Lorenzo Coviello, Christopher J. Fariss, James H. Fowler, Jason J. Jones, Adam D. I. Kramer, and Cameron Marlow. Under Review
“Quantifying Political Discussion from the Universe of Facebook Status Updates,” with Robert M. Bond, Lorenzo Coviello, Christopher J. Fariss, James H. Fowler, Jason J. Jones, Adam D.I. Kramer, and Cameron Marlow. Under Review
“Social Information and Participation,” with Robert M. Bond, Christopher J. Fariss, James H. Fowler, Jason J. Jones, and Cameron Marlow.
“The Stress Ball(ot): The Differential Effects of Stress on Voter Turnout,” with Hans J.G. Hassell
“Avoiding Politics: The Effects of Social Anxiety on Political Discussion,” with Hans J.G. Hassell
“Partisan Heterogeneity and 5HTT Interact to Depress Voter Turnout,” with Peter J. Loewen
“Mapping the Construct of Political Discussion onto Social Media”
“The Intersection of Genetic and Contextual Determinants of Political Behavior,” with Christopher Weber, Erin Cassese, Ashley Kirzinger, Martin Johnson, and Christopher J. Fariss