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.

    The award recipient will be strongly encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting and Awards Reception.

    2021 Award Committee:

    TBD (Chair)

    THE NOMINATION PROCESS FOR 2021 WILL OPEN IN SEPTEMBER 2020. Please send submissions to the Chair. The deadline for nominations is 15 January 2021.

    Winners will be notified by early March 2021.

    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 &
    Thomas Brothen & Jon Hurwitz Mary Kay Metz
    Elizabeth Molberg Melinda Jackson Thomas Rudolph
    Diana Burgess Lawrence Jacobs Martin & Ellen Sampson
    Chris Chapp William Jacoby Monica C. Schneider
    Yun-han Chu Amy E. Jasperson Michal Shamir
    Terry Collings & Carol Miller Craig & Margaret Bull Kovera Phil Shively
    Pamela Johnston Conover Jennifer Lambe Thomas Skovholt & Lisa Yost
    Lois B. Cooper Howard Lavine Elizabeth Smith
    Michael X. Delli Carpini George E. Marcus Mark Snyder
    Bud and Cathy Duvall Greg McAvoy Daniel Stevens
    Rachel Estroff Patrick Meirick James Stimson
    Daniel Dezner Joanne Miller Elizabeth Theiss-Morse
    Chris Federico Robert O’Connor John Transue
    Stanley Feldman Paula O’Loughlin Mark Watts
    John & Barbara Freeman Alina Oxendine Ian Williamson
    Amy Fried Jason Young

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