International Society of Political Psychology

The John L. Sullivan Mentor Award

The International Society of Political Psychology presents the John L. Sullivan Mentor Award annually. John L. Sullivan, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, University of Minnesota, was central in establishing the political psychology program at the University of Minnesota as a joint venture of both the psychology and political science departments. His work has been central to the field for several decades, and his students and their students now form the core of the field. This award therefore honors faculty who, like Sullivan, have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to and a history of success in the mentorship of undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The John L. Sullivan Mentor Award is for faculty engaged in the field of political psychology.

Sullivan aided undergraduate and graduate students, collaborators and faculty colleagues beyond count. He did so quietly and in ways often unnoticed even by those he helped, but most who know him are aware of the impact he had. In brief, his mentoring took many forms, but a common thread in John Sullivan’s legacy is his ability to form collaborations based on equal status among all participants. The program was and remains a leader among political psychology interdisciplinary programs.

To honor those who have distinguished themselves as mentors, we seek nominations of faculty who have demonstrated excellent mentorship in multiple ways that may include:

  • Providing intellectual leadership directed at encouraging and enabling their peers and students.
  • Building institutions for research and scholarship that assist scholars in the various aspects of their growth into able scholars. In various ways political psychology has greatly benefited by enduring institutions beyond the academic calendar to foster the field. Among these are the Summer Academies, beginning with that of Ohio State University, now at Stanford University, the ISPP’s summer academy and conferences such as the bi-annual New York Area Political Psychology Meeting.
  • Integrating students and/or postdoctoral scholars into the broader culture of the field of political psychology.
  • Demonstrating leadership and initiative at the program level to improve improve mentorship access and quality for all participants ranging from undergraduates to senior faculty.
  • Recipients of The John L. Sullivan Mentor Award will receive an award of $500.


  • Nominees must be faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to and a sustained period of success in mentorship.
  • Nominators should document the contributions of those they nominate attending to the many forms forms that mentorship can take.
  • Nomination procedure

    Nominations may be submitted by current and former graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty colleagues.

    Our thanks to those who have provided the initial funding for this award:

    John Aldrich James L Gibson Mark Peffley
    Barbara Allen Ewa Golebiowska David Peterson
    Davida Alperin Paul Goren Jonathan Peterson
    Patricia Avery Dana Griffin James Piereson
    Karen Bird Pakou Hang Wendy Rahn
    Eugene Borgida Russell Hanson Nigel Roberts
    Angie Bos & Bas van Doorn Henriet Hendriks John Romano & Mary Kay Metz
    Thomas Brothen & Elizabeth Molberg Jon Hurwitz Thomas Rudolph
    Diana Burgess Melinda Jackson Martin & Ellen Sampson
    Chris Chapp Lawrence Jacobs Monica C. Schneider
    Yun-han Chu William Jacoby Michal Shamir
    Terry Collings & Carol Miller Amy E. Jasperson Phil Shively
    Pamela Johnston Conover Craig & Margaret Bull Kovera Thomas Skovholt & Lisa Yost
    Lois B. Cooper Jennifer Lambe Elizabeth Smith
    Michael X. Delli Carpini Howard Lavine Mark Snyder
    Bud and Cathy Duvall George E. Marcus Daniel Stevens
    Rachel Estroff Greg McAvoy James Stimson
    Daniel Dezner Patrick Meirick Elizabeth Theiss-Morse
    Chris Federico Joanne Miller John Transue
    Stanley Feldman Robert O’Connor Mark Watts
    John & Barbara Freeman Paula O’Loughlin Ian Williamson
    Amy Fried Alina Oxendine Jason Young

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