of APSA Best Book Award Awarded annually by the American Political Science Association (APSA) to honor the best book on government, politics, or international affairs. This year, we have co-winners of the ASPA Best Book Award: works by Cigdem V. Sirin, Nicholas A. Valentino, and Jose D. Villalobos. See Us in Them: The Politics of Social Division and Group EmpathyDiana C. Mutz for her work, Winners and Losers: The Psychology of Foreign Trade.
Sigdem V. Sirinco-authored See Us in Them: The Politics of Social Division and Group Empathyis a professor of political science at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She received her doctorate from Texas A&M University in 2009 and her bachelor’s degree from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey in 2003. Dr. Shillin is the recipient of her Regent’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Texas System and her Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UTEP. Dr. Shirin’s main areas of interest are international relations and political psychology. Her research focuses on examining the micro underpinnings of the processes and outcomes of interstate and intrastate conflicts. Her publications include Journal of Politics, Political Psychology, International Studies Quarterly, International Politics Reviewand many other venues. Her book, co-authored with Nicholas Valentino and José Villalobos, See Us in Them: The Politics of Social Division and Group Empathy (Cambridge University Press, 2021), 2022 APSA Best Book Awards, 2022 APSA Best Book in Experimental Research, 2022 APSA Best Book in Political Psychology, 2022 ISPP David O. Sears Best Book on Math Politics Award Winner. Dr. Sirin said from 2020 until 2022 he served as Director of UTEP’s Faculty Leadership and Development Center (CFLD), coordinating UTEP’s Online Learning Support (Sol) initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jose D. Villalobosco-authored See Us in Them: The Politics of Social Division and Group Empathy, Professor of Political Science and Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a PhD from Texas A&M University. He is the recipient of the University of Texas System Board of Trustees Award for Distinguished Teaching, UTEP’s Outstanding Teacher Award, and Outstanding Service to a College of the Liberal Arts Award. Dr. Villalobos was recently a Dean Fellow and Chair of his UTEP’s Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) Program in the Liberal Arts. His research explores U.S. institutional leadership/management, the dynamics of public opinion, and policy-making in the areas of U.S. presidents, racial/ethnic politics and identity, and immigration policy. in his publications, Journal of Politics, political psychology, Political Research Quarterly, Presidential Research QuarterlyWhen American behavioral scientistDr. Villalobos is also co-author with Justin Vaughan. The Czar in the White House: The Rise of the Policy Czar as a Presidential Management Tool (University of Michigan Press, 2015) and co-authors (with Cigdem Sirin and Nicholas Valentino) See Us in Them: The Politics of Social Division and Group Empathy (Cambridge University Press, 2021).
Nicholas A. Valentinoco-authored See Us in Them: The Politics of Social Division and Group Empathy, is a professor of political science and a research professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. He served as president of the International Association of Political Psychology from 2019 to 2020. He currently serves as his PI for American National Election Studies. Valentino specializes in political psychology approaches to understanding opinion formation, socialization, information seeking and electoral participation. His work employs experimental methods, research, and content analysis of political communication. This research focuses on the intersecting roles of racial attitudes and emotional dynamics, American political science review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political PsychologyWhen public opinion quarter, among other places. Valentino now explores the shifting nature of racial rhetoric in America and around the world, and how outgroup empathy can dampen dangerous overreactions to threats from globalization and multiculturalism.
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of See Us in Them: The Politics of Social Division and Group Empathy, Sirin, Valentino and Villalobos explore important topics. It is the attitude towards people outside her immediate identity her group. The authors develop their own theory about the sources and consequences of out-of-group empathy, stating that people who have experienced discrimination or other forms of unfair treatment care more about the well-being of people in other marginalized groups. Using a battery of empirical tests, the authors found that group empathy was an important predictor of attitudes toward immigrants and refugees, support for Black Lives Matter, and perceptions of the #MeToo movement. indicates that there is Sirin et al.’s theory of empathy and its new measure have potentially broad applications in providing tools for analyzing identity splits in many parts of the world. Moreover, at a time in US politics where polarization is pulling people further apart, see us in them draws attention to empathy, a fundamental human quality that helps bring us together.
APSA thanks the committee members for their contributions. Kimberly J. Morgan (Chair), George Washington University; Prof. Eva Anduiza, Autonomous University of Barcelona; Dr. Callum Dana, University of Washington; Dr. Hans JG Hassel, Florida State University; Dr. Nils Linge, University of Wisconsin-Madison.