Clawson's research focuses on public opinion, mass media, and the politics of race, class, and gender. She is currently investigating media framing of electric vehicles and how the media cover equity issues around electric vehicles. She is the Director of Diversity and Culture of Inclusion for the NSF-funded Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification (ASPIRE) Engineering Research Center. Clawson is a former president of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, and serves on its Executive Committee. She is also a founding co-editor of the journal: Politics, Groups, and Identities.
Discusses key ways in which sexual harassment policies have changed over time. Provides advice to department leaders on handling and combatting sexual harassment.
Examines media coverage of two popular social welfare programs—Social Security and Medicare. Demonstrates that news magazines portray these well-liked social programs by overwhelmingly highlighting white beneficiaries.
Examines framing effects among a particular type of domain experts, farmers. Finds evidence that environmental values interact with frames to influence farmers' interest in no‐till agriculture, especially when farmers are exposed to a novel frame.
Examines newspaper coverage of the US Supreme Court confirmation process to investigate whether Sonia Sotomayor received different coverage than other nominees due to her status as a minority woman. Finds Sotomayor was the only justice seated over the last three decades who received extensive attention to her race and gender, and her coverage was more negative than that received by other nominees.
Examines the influence of frames presenting local versus global climate impacts and frames discussing projected losses versus those also discussing possible benefits of climate change, on individual perceptions of the severity of climate change, behavioral intentions to address climate change, and attitudes toward climate change policies.