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Eric Groenendyk

Department of Political Science
The University of Memphis
United States of America

Eric Groenendyk


Professor Groenendyk joined the Department of Political Science in 2009. He teaches courses on American Government, Public Opinion, Political Behavior, Parties and Elections, Statistics, and Research Methods. His research examines the motivations that underlie citizens' political behavior. This has led him to do work on party identification, emotions, and motivated reasoning. His book, Competing Motives in the Partisan Mind, received Honorable Mention for the Robert E. Lane Award in 2014.

Research Interest

American Politics, Political Behavior, Public Opinion, Political Psychology, Party identification, Political Parties, Emotion in Politics, Motivated Reasoning, Research Methods


  • Valentino, Nicholas A., Ted Brader, Eric W. Groenendyk, Krysha Gregorowicz, and Vincent Hutchings. (2011). "Election Night's Alright For Fighting: The Role of Emotions in Political Participation." Journal of Politics 73(1): 156-170.

  • Groenendyk, Eric W. (2012). "Justifying Party Identification: A Case of Identifying with the Lesser of Two Evils." Political Behavior 34(3): 453-475.

  • Groenendyk, Eric W. and Antoine J. Banks. (2014). "Emotional Rescue: How Emotions Help Partisans Overcome Collective Action Problems." Political Psychology (35)3: 359-378.

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