Award winners

If you are interested in information about how to submit nominations for the awards, please visit the nominations page.

Political Psychology Career Achievement Award

The Political Psychology Hazel Gaudet Erskine Career Achievement Award is awarded biennially to recognize a scholar whose lifetime scholarship and service to the profession has made an outstanding contribution to the field of political psychology. 

  • 2021: Shanto Iyengar (Stanford University)
  • 2019: Donald R. Kinder (University of Michigan)
  • 2017: James H. Kuklinski (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • 2015: David O. Sears (University of California, Los Angeles) 

Best Dissertation Award

The Best Dissertation Award is given for the best dissertation in political psychology filed during the previous year.

  • 2022: Angie Ocampo (University of Pittsburgh)
    • “Becoming American: The Social and Political Incorporation of Latinos”
  • 2021: Matt Nelsen (University of Chicago)
    • “Educating for Empowerment: Race, Socialization, and Reimagining Civic Education”
  • 2020: Hakeem Jefferson (Stanford University)
    • “Policing Norms: Punishment and the Politics of Respectability Among Black Americans”
  • 2020: Eunji Kim (Vanderbilt University)
    • “Entertaining Beliefs in Economic Mobility”
  • 2019: Pavielle Haines (University of Denver)
    • “A Vote for Me is a Vote for America: Patriotic Appeals in Presidential Elections”
  • 2018: Adam Thal (Yale University)
    • “The Origin of Affluent Class Interests and Their Consequences for Inequality”
  • 2017: Martin Bisgaard (Aarhus University)
    • “Perceiving the Unobservable”
  • 2016: Eun Bin Chung (University of Utah)
    • “Overcoming the History Problem: Group-Affirmation in International Relations”
  • 2015: Timothy J. Ryan (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
    • “No Compromise: The Politics of Moral Conviction”
  • 2014: Samara Klar (University of Arizona)
    • “The Influence of Identity on Political Preferences”
  • 2013: Gwyneth McClendon (Harvard University)
    • “The Politics of Envy and Esteem in Two Democracies”
      • Honorable mention:  Nathan Kalmoe (George Washington University)
        • “Mobilizing Aggression in Mass Politics”
  • 2012: Christopher Dawes (New York University)
    • “An Examination of Potential Causal Mechanisms Linking Genes and Political Behavior”
      • Honorable mention:  Sarah Harrison (London School of Economics)
        • “Ideological (Mis)match? Mapping Extreme Right Ideological Discourse and Voter Preferences”
  • 2011: Toby Bolsen (Georgia State University)
    • “Private Behaviors for the Public Good: Citizens’ Actions and U.S. Energy Conservation”
  • 2010: Eric Groenendyk (University of Michigan)
    • “The Motivated Partisan: A Dual Motivations Theory of Partisan Change and Stability”
  • 2010: Danielle Shani (Princeton University)
    • “On the Origins of Political Interest”
  • 2009: Dona-Gene Mitchell (University of Nebraska)
    • “It’s About Time: The Dynamics of Information Processing in Political Campaigns”
  • 2008: Erin Cassese (Stony Brook University)
    • “Culture Wars as Identity Politics”
  • 2007: Natalie Stroud (University of Pennsylvania)
    • “Selective Exposure to Partisan Information”
  • 2006: David Nickerson (University of Notre Dame)
    • “Measuring Interpersonal Influence”
  • 2006: Darren Schreiber (University of California, San Diego)
    • “Evaluating Politics: A Search for the Neural Substrates of Political Thought”
  • 2004: Cindy Kam (University of California, Davis)
    • “Thinking More or Less: Cognitive Effort in the Formation of Public Opinion”

Robert E. Lane Award

The Robert E. Lane Award for the best book in political psychology published in the past year.

  • 2022: Cigdem V. Sirin (University of Texas, El Paso), Nicholas A. Valentino (University of Michigan), and Jose D. Villalobos (University of Texas, El Paso)
    • Seeing Us in Them: Social Divisions and the Politics of Group Empathy (Cambridge University Press, 2021)
  • 2021: Nicole M. Bauer (Louisiana State University)
    • The Qualifications Gap: Why Women Must Be Better than Men to Win Political Office (Cambridge University Press, 2020)
  • 2020: Ashley Jardina (Duke University)
    • White Identity Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
  • 2020: Markus Prior (Princeton University)
    • Hooked (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
  • 2019: Gwyneth McClendon (New York University)
    • Envy in Politics (Princeton University Press, 2018)
  • 2018: Kevin Arceneaux (Temple University) and Ryan J. Vander Wielen (Temple University)
    • Taming Intuition: How Reflection Minimizes Partisan Reasoning and Promotes Democratic Accountability (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
  • 2017: Samara Klar (University of Arizona) and Yanna Krupnikov (SUNY Stonybrook)
    • Independent Politics: How American Disdain for Parties Leads to Political Inaction (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
  • 2017: (Honorable mention) Samuel Bowles (Santa Fe Institute)
    • The Moral Economy: Why Good Incentives are No Substitute for Good Citizens (Yale University Press, 2016)
  • 2016: Bethany Albertson (University of Texas) and Shana Gadarian (Syracuse University)
    • Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
  • 2016: Stuart J. Kaufman (University of Delaware)
    • Nationalist Passions (Cornell University Press, 2015)
  • 2015:  Christopher F. Karpowitz (Brigham Young University) and Tali Mendelberg (Princeton University)
    • The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation, and Institutions (Princeton University Press, 2014)
  • 2014:  Charles Taber (Stony Brook University) and Milton Lodge (Stony Brook University)
    • The Rationalizing Voter (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • 2014: (Honorable mention)  Eric Groenendyk (University of Memphis):
    • Competing Motives in the Partisan Mind: How Loyalty and Responsiveness Shape Partisan Identity and Democracy  (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • 2013: Howard Lavine (University of Minnesota), Christopher Johnston (Duke University), and Marco Steenbergen (University of Zurich)
    • The Ambivalent Partisan: How Critical Loyalty Promotes Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • 2012:  Deborah Schildkraut (Tufts University)
    • Americanism in the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  • 2012:  James Druckman (Northwestern University), Donald Green (Columbia University), James Kuklinski (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Arthur Lupia (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
    • Cambridge Handbook of Experimental Political Science (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  • 2011: Mark Peffley (University of Kentucky) and Jon Hurwitz (University of Pittsburgh)
    • Justice in America: The Separate Realities of Blacks and Whites  (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
  • 2010: Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    • Who Counts As An American: The Boundaries of Natural Identity  (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  • 2010: Robert Shiller (Yale University) and George Akerlof (University of California, Berkeley)
    • Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism  (Princeton University Press)
  • 2009: Sunshine Hillygus (Harvard University) and Todd Shields (University of Arkansas)
    • The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Presidential Campaigns (Princeton University Press, 2008)
  • 2008: Paul M. Sniderman and Louk Hagendoorn
    • When Ways of Life Collide: Multiculturalism and Its Discontents in the Netherlands  (Princeton University Press, 2007)
  • 2007:  Diana Mutz (University of Pennsylvania)
    • Hearing the Other Side: Deliberative versus Participatory Democracy  (Cambridge University Press, 2006)
  • 2006: Philip Tetlock (University of California, Berkeley)
    • Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? (Princeton University Press, 2005)
  • 2005: Kristen Monroe, University of California, Irvine
    • The Hand of Compassion (Princeton University Press, 2004).
  • 2004: David Sears (University of California, Los Angeles), Leonie Huddy (Stony Brook University), and Robert Jervis (Columbia University)
    • Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology (Oxford University Press, 2003)
  • 2002: Bryan Jones (University of Washington)
    • Politics and the Architecture of Choice: Bounded Rationality and Governance  (University of Chicago Press, 2001)
  • 2001: Robert Entman (North Carolina State University) and Andrew Rojecki (University of Illinois at Chicago)
    • The Black Image in the White Mind: Media and Race in America (University of Chicago Press)
  • 2001: Robert Lane (Yale University)
    • The Loss of Happiness in Market Democracies  (Yale University Press)
  • 2000: Martin Gilens (University of California, Los Angeles)
    • Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy (University of Chicago Press, 1999)
  • 1999: Diana Mutz (Ohio State University)
    • Impersonal Influence: How Perceptions of Mass Collectives Affect Political Attitudes (Cambridge University Press, 1998)
  • 1998: Eric Dean Jr.
    • Shook Over Hell: Post-Traumatic Stress, Vietnam, and the Civil War (Harvard University Press)
  • 1998: Robert Jervis
    • System Effects: Complexity in Political and Social Life (Princeton University Press)
  • 1997: Kristen Monroe (University of California-Irvine)
    • The Heart of Altruism (Princeton University Press, 1996)
  • 1995: Bryan Jones (Texas A&M University)
    • Reconceiving Decision-Making in Democratic Politics (University of Chicago Press, 1994)
  • 1994: John Zaller, University of California, Los Angeles
    • The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion (Cambridge University Press, 1992)
  • 1994: Yuen Khong, Nuffield College.
    • Analogies at War: Korea, Munich, Dien Bien Phu and the Vietnam Decisions of 1965 (Princeton University Press, 1992)

Best Paper Award

The Best Paper Award is given to the most outstanding paper in political psychology delivered at the previous year’s Annual Meeting.

  • 2022: Hui Bai (Stanford University)
    • “When Racism and Sexism Benefit Black and Female Politicians”
  • 2021: Elizabeth Connors (University of South Carolina)
    • “Social Contexts Shapes Affective Polarization”
  • 2020: Steven Moore (University of Michigan)
    • “The Road to Hell: Racialized Paternalism and Political Behavior”
  • 2019: Vin Arceneaux (Temple University), Mathias Osmundsen (Aarhus University), and  Michael Bang Petersen (Aarhus University)
    • “A ‘Need for Chaos’ and the Sharing of Hostile Political Rumors in Advanced Democracies”
  • 2018: Thomas Leeper (LSE) and Rune Slothuus (Aarhus University)
    • “Can Citizens Be Framed? How Information More than Emphasis Changes Political Opinions”
  • 2017: Melissa Sands (University of California, Merced)
    • “Who Wants to Tax a Millionaire? Exposure to Inequality Reduces Support for Redistribution”
  • 2016: Eric Groenendyk (University of Memphis) and Yanna Krupnikov (Stony Brook University)
    • “What Motivates Reasoning?  A Goal-Oriented Theory of Political Evaluation”
  • 2015: Samara Klar (University of Arizona)
    • “When Common Identities Fuel Affective Polarization: An Experimental Study of Democratic and Republican Women.”
  • 2014: Tali Mendelberg (Princeton University), Christopher Karpowitz (Brigham Young University), and John Oliphant (Princeton University)
    • “Gender Inequality in Deliberation: Unpacking the Black Box of Interaction”
  • 2013: James Druckman (Northwestern University), Erik Peterson (Stanford University), and Rune Slothuus (Aarhus University)
    • “How Elite Partisan Polarization Affects Public Opinion Formation”
  • 2012:  Christopher Karpowitz (Brigham Young University) and Tali Mendelberg (Princeton University)
    • “Do Women Deliberate with a Distinctive Voice? How Decision Rules and Group Gender Composition Affect the Content of Deliberation”
  • 2011:  Dennis Chong (Northwestern University) and James Druckman (Northwestern University)
    • “Dynamic Public Opinion”
  • 2010:  James Druckman (Northwestern University) and Toby Bolsen (Northwestern University)
    • “Framing, Motivated Reasoning, and Opinions about Emergent Technologies”
  • 2009:  Eric Groenendyk, University of Michigan
    • “Justifying Party Identification: A Case of Identifying with the Lesser of Two Evils”
  • 2008: Daphna Canetti-Nisim, Gal Ariely, and Eran Halperin (University of Haifa)
    • “Life, Pocketbook, or Culture.”
  • 2007:  Nicholas Valentino, Krysha Gregorowicz, Eric Groenendyk, Ted Brader and Vincent Hutchings, (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
    • “Election Night’s Alright for Fighting”
  • 2006: Dennis Chong (Northwestern University) and James Druckman (Northwestern University)
    • “Competitive Framing”

Distinguished Junior Scholars Award

The APSA Political Psychology section gives Distinguished Junior Scholars Awards as grants to junior scholars (graduate students or those no more than seven years since receiving their Ph.D.) to help fund their travel to the APSA meeting.


  • Rachel Bernhard (University of California, Davis)
  • Angela Ocampo (University of Michigan)
  • Leor Zmigrod (University of Cambridge)
  • Joe Vitriol (Stony Brook University)
  • Crystal Robertson (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Yalidy Matos (Rutgers University)
  • Julian Wamble (George Washington University)


  • Chryl Laird (Bowdoin College)
  • Nic Dias (University of Pennsylvania)


  • Brian F. Harrison (University of Minnesota)


  • Tyler Reny (UCLA)
  • Joshua Kertzer (Harvard University)


  • Meghan Condon (DePaul University)
  • Thomas Jamieson (University of Southern California)


  • Matthew Ward (University of Houston)
  • D.J. Flynn (Northwestern University)
  • Tarah Williams (University of Illinois)


  • Alexa Bankert  (Stony Brook University)
  • Nichole Bauer  (University of Alabama)
  • Christopher J. Ojeda (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Douglas Pierce (Rutgers University)
  • Eike Mark Rinke (University of Mannheim)


  • Monica Schneider, Miami University of Ohio
  • Scott Clifford, University of Houston
  • Samara Klar, University of Arizona
  • Thomas Leeper, Aarhus University


  • Monica Schneider, Miami University of Ohio
  • Julie Wronski, SUNY, Stony Brook University


  • Juan Urbano Jr., University of Kansas
  • April Johnson, SUNY, Stony Brook University
  • Kristyn Karl, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Rachel Silbermann, Yale University
  • Erica Czaja, Princeton University
  • Spencer Piston, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Ashley Muddiman, University of Texas, Austin
  • Mona Kleinberg, Rutgers University
  • Jaime Settle, College of William & Mary
  • Cengiz Erisen, TOBB University of Economics and Technology