Political Psychology (Section 28)

The purpose of this section to facilitate communication across subfields and disciplinary boundaries among individuals interested in the relationship between political and psychological processes.

Founded: 1993
Yearly membership dues: $5.00 for students and $10.00 for other members.
Website: connect.apsanet.org/s28/

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Section Officers

Daniel Hopkins
University of Pennsylvania

Melissa Sands
University of California, Merced


Michele Margolis
University of Pennsylvania
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2019 Annual Meeting Program Chairs
Ashley Jardina
Duke University
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Mara Ostfeld
University of Michigan
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Tali Mendelberg, Princeton University

Section Awards

Section awards are presented during the APSA annual meeting awards ceremony. To learn more about any award listed, contact the award committee chair for the award.

All section 28. Political Psychology awards to-date »


Best Dissertation Award

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

Nomination Instructions: Send an electronic copy of the dissertation to each committee member. Self-nominations are accepted. All nominations should include a letter of support from the chair of the dissertation committee that addresses the contribution of the dissertation to the field of political psychology.

Deadline for nominations: March 31, 2019

Award Committee

Rick Lau
Rutgers University
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Kris-Stella Trump
Social Science Research Council
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Adam Thal
Yale University
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Robert E. Lane Award

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

Deadline for nominations: March 31, 2019

Award Committee

Samara Klar (chair)
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School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona
315 Social Sciences Building
1145 E South Campus Drive
Tucson, AZ 85719

Yanna Krupnikov
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3 Pebble Street
Stony Brook , NY 11790

Virginia Sapiro
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566 Loon Pond Road
Gilmanton NH

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.

Deadline for nominations: March 31, 2019

Award Committee

Jennifer Wolak
University of Colorado, Boulder
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Michael Sances
University of Memphis
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Bert Bakker
Amsterdam School of Communication Research
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Distinguished Junior Scholar Award

The APSA Political Psychology section gives Distinguished Junior Scholar 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.

Deadline for nominations: March 31, 2019

Award Committee:

Jane Junn
University of Southern California
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Alex Coppock
Yale University
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Ali Valenzuela
Princeton University
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Christopher Johnston
Duke University
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Political Psychology Career Achievement Award

The Political Psychology 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.

Nomination Instructions: Nominations to the committee should include a statement that describes the scholar’s contribution to the field, as well as the nominee’s vitae (if possible).

Deadline for nominations: TBD

Howard Lavine
University of Minnesota
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Deborah Schildkraut
Tufts University
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Loren Collingwood
University of California, Riverside
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