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Organized Section 28: Best Dissertation Award

Political Psychology Section Award Recipients

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


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"
2013 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 (Completed at the University of California, San Diego; advised by James H. Fowler)
2012 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"
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"
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