PhD Student



Erin is a PhD student in the department of political science where she studies American politics, environmental politics, and public policy/policy analysis. She obtained her BA in political science from Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Erin's research focuses on political behavior and psychology, i.e., political participation, motivated reasoning, conspiracy theories, risk orientation, and public opinion. You can find Erin's recent publications in Research & Politics, Presidential Studies QuarterlyGlobal Studies Quarterly, and the British Journal of Political Science.


Farhart, Christina E., Erin B. Fitz, Joanne M. Miller, and Kyle L. Saunders. 2023. "By Any Memes Necessary: Belief- and Chaos-Driven Motives for Sharing Conspiracy Theories on Social Media." Research & Politics. Forthcoming.

Fitz, Erin. 2023. "Going Green or Making Green? The Effects of Partisanship and Inflation on Environmental Executive Orders, 1945 - 2020." Presidential Studies Quarterly 53(1): 97 - 110.

Gricius, Gabriella and Erin B. Fitz. 2022. "Can Exceptionalism Withstand Crises? An Evaluation of the Arctic Council’s Response to Climate Change and Russia’s War on Ukraine." Global Studies Quarterly 2 (3).

Young, Laura D. and Erin B. Fitz. 2021. "Who Are the 3 Per Cent? The Connections Among Climate Change Contrarians." British Journal of Political Science 52(4):1503-1522.