Eric Groenendyk

Dunavant Professor

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Eric Groenendyk

About 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 political identity, ideology, norms, emotions, polarization, and racism.

Research Interests

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


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2009; B.A., with Highest Honors in Communication Studies and Political Science, University of Michigan, 2001.


Groenendyk, Eric, Erik Kimbrough and Mark Pickup. "How Norms Shape the Nature and Origins of Mass Belief Systems." American Journal of Political Science, Conditionally Accepted.

Groenendyk, Eric and Yanna Krupnikov. (2021). “What Motivates Reasoning? A Theory of Goal-Dependent Political Evaluation.” American Journal of Political Science 65(1): 180-196.

Groenendyk, Eric, Michael Sances, Kirill Zhirkov. (2020). “Intraparty Polarization in American Politics.” Journal of Politics, 82(4): 1616-1620.

Groenendyk, Eric W. (2019) “Of Two Minds, But One Heart: A Good “Gut” Feeling Moderates the Effect of Ambivalence on Attitude Formation and Turnout.” American Journal of Political Science 63(2): 368-384.

Groenendyk, Eric W. (2013). Competing Motives in the Partisan Mind: How Loyalty and Responsiveness Shape Party Identification and Democracy. New York: Oxford University Press.

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.


Full Professor of Political Science, University of Memphis (Fall 2021 to present), Associate Professor in Department of Political Science, University of Memphis (Fall 2015 to Fall 2021); Assistant Professor in Department of Political Science, University of Memphis (Fall 2009 to Summer 2015); Graduate Recruitment Coordinator for Department of Political Science, University of Memphis (Fall 2009 to Fall 2016), Graduate Coordinator (Fall 2016 to present.