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 2015 copyright may be nominated for the award by individuals or publishers.

This is the fifth 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.

2016 Award Committee:

Tali Mendelberg, Chair
Princeton University
Russell Sage Foundation
112 E 64th Street, New York, NY 10065 USA
Eran Halperin
IDC Herzliya
School of Psychology
46150 Herzliya
Rune Slothuus
Aarhus University
Department of Political Science
Bartholins Alle 7
DK-8000 Aarhus, Denmark
David Winter
University of Michigan
Department of Psychology
535 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 USA


Winners will be notified by early May 2016.

First awarded in 2012.

Past Winners

  • 2015 Christopher F. Karpowitz & Tali Mendelberg (The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation and Institutions)
  • 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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