International Society of Political Psychology

David O. Sears Book Award

The David O. Sears Book Award is given for the best book published in the field of the political psychology of mass politics, including political behavior, political values, political identities, and political movements, during the previous calendar year. Befitting the far-reaching contributions to scholarship of David Sears, the award winning work should be one that demonstrates the highest quality of thought and makes a major substantive contribution to the field of political psychology.

The award winner will be determined by an international and interdisciplinary committee. As judged by the award committee, the book should increase substantially our understanding of an issue (or issues) that is central to the concerns of mass politics and the world in which we live.

Published books carrying a 2014 copyright may be nominated for the award by individuals or publishers.

This is the third year the award will be given, so we encourage you to make nominations. Self-nominations are also welcome.

The award recipient(s) will be strongly encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting and Awards Reception. Send nominations via e-mail to the award committee chair.

2015 Award Committee Chair:

Leda Blackwood
St. Andrews University

Winners will be notified by early May 2015.

First awarded in 2012.

Past Winners

  • 2014 Deborah Jordan Brooks (He Runs, She Runs: Why Gender Stereotypes Do Not Harm Women Candidates)
  • 2013 Howard Lavine, Christopher Johnston & Marco Steenbergen (The Ambivalent Partisan: How Critical Loyalty Promotes Democracy)
  • 2012 Clark McCauley and Sophia Moskalenko (Friction: How Radicalization Happens to Them and Us)
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