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At the Forefront of Political Psychology
Essays in Honor of John L. Sullivan

ISBN 9780367368173
Published February 12, 2020 by Routledge
334 Pages

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At the Forefront of Political Psychology pays tribute to John L. Sullivan, one of the most influential political psychologists of his generation. Sullivan’s scholarly contributions have deeply shaped our knowledge of belief systems and political tolerance, two flourishing research areas in political psychology that are crucial to understanding the turbulence of our times.

This volume, compiled by three of Sullivan’s longtime colleagues and collaborators, includes cutting-edge contributions from scholars in political science and psychology. The book is divided into three sections; the first two focus on how Sullivan’s work on political tolerance and belief systems influenced generations of political psychologists. The final section offers a more personal look at Sullivan’s influence as a mentor to young scholars, many of whom are now intellectual leaders in political psychology. The chapters featured here elucidate how these students were able to flourish under Sullivan’s tutelage and lifelong mentorship.

One of John L. Sullivan’s defining traits is his generosity—as a scholar, mentor, leader, and friend. Over the years, many have benefited greatly from Sullivan’s willingness to share his intellect, insight, and passion for democratic values. This impressive collection will appeal to both students and professors of political psychology, but also scholars of social and political behavior, political tolerance, and anyone who has an interest in the contributions made by Sullivan.

Table of Contents

1. A Tribute to the Legacy of John L. Sullivan

Christopher M. Federico, Eugene Borgida, and Joanne M. Miller

Part 1: The Sullivan Legacy in Tolerance Research

2. Unravelling the Complexities of Tolerance

George E. Marcus

3. Authoritarianism, Threat, and Intolerance

Stanley Feldman

4. Putting Groups Back Into the Study of Political Intolerance

James L. Gibson, Christopher Claassen, and Joan Barceló

5. The Promise of Adopting an Emotional Approach to Understanding and Reducing Political Intolerance

Ruthie Pliskin and Eran Halperin

6. Tolerance and Threat Revisited: The Dynamics of Political Tolerance Under Persistent Terrorism

Michal Shamir, Marc L. Hutchison, Mark Peffley, and Yu Ouyang

7. Ethnic and Religious Tolerance in Poland Through the Lens of the Sullivan et al. Framework

Ewa Golebiowska

8. Terror and Tolerance: The Challenge of Inclusion of Muslims in Western Europe

Paul M. Sniderman, Rune Slothuus, Michael Bang Petersen, Rune Stubager, Robert Ford, and Maria Sobolewska

9. Appreciating Madison’s Democracy: Perceived Homogeneity, Tolerance, and Support for Democratic Processes

Elizabeth Theiss-Morse

Part 2: The Sullivan Legacy in Belief-Systems Research

10. Ideology in American Public Opinion, 1980-2004: The Changing Role of Individual Differences

William G. Jacoby

11. Basic Human Values and Political Judgment: A Broader Approach

Paul Goren and Matthew Motta

12. A Closer Look at the Ideological Structuring of Political Attitudes

Ariel Malka

Part 3: Sullivan as Mentor

13. The Sullivan Effect

Jon Hurwitz and Mark Peffley

14. Shaping the Future of Political Psychology, One Person at a Time

Angela L. Bos and Monica C. Schneider

15. John L. Sullivan: Master Mentor

Melinda Jackson

16. John Sullivan’s Pillars of Wisdom and How They Influenced a Young Scholar

Dan Stevens

17. John Sullivan: Mentoring by Example

John Transue

Part 4: Coda

18. Reflections on a Life in Political Psychology

John L. Sullivan

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Eugene Borgida is a professor of psychology and law at the University of Minnesota. He is a Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology. In addition, Borgida is an adjunct professor of political science and has served as co-director of the Center for the Study of Political Psychology, which he co-founded, and co-editor of the journal Political Psychology. He is a fellow of the Association of Psychological Science (APS), a fellow in several divisions of the American Psychological Association, and an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served on the board of directors for the APS, the Social Science Research Council, and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences. Borgida’s research interests include social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, psychology and law, and political psychology.

Christopher M. Federico is a professor in the Departments of Political Science and Psychology at the University of Minnesota. His interests focus on mass belief systems, the psychological foundations of political preferences, and intergroup attitudes and behavior. He is also currently the Director of the Center for the Study of Political Psychology at the University of Minnesota. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation. He is a co-author of Open Versus Closed: Personality, Identity, and the Politics of Redistribution (with Christopher D. Johnston and Howard G. Lavine), winner of the 2018 David O. Sears Award from the International Society of Political Psychology for the best book published in the field of the political psychology of mass politics.

Joanne M. Miller is an associate professor in the Departments of Political Science and International Relations and of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts and has won awards from the following American Political Science Association sections: Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior; Political Communication; and Political Organizations and Parties. Her interests focus on political psychology, with particular emphases on the processes by which citizens form political attitudes and become politically engaged and on the psychological antecedents of belief in conspiracy theories.


"This volume provides the reader with a comprehensive and carefully drawn discussion of the ideas and influence of one of the most impactful scholars within the ever growing field of political psychology. It is a must-read for those scholars, educators and policy makers interested in the psychology of political and social intolerance." Jim Sidanius, John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James, Harvard University

"In this volume a distinguished group of political scientists and psychologist pay tribute to John Sullivan. Their work builds in important ways on Sullivan’s legacy, updating and extending his seminal insights into political tolerance and ideological reasoning. Perhaps just as importantly, the volume celebrates Sullivan’s role as a valued research colleague and mentor. Its contents are inspiring, informative, and a must-read for political psychologists." Leonie Huddy, Professor of Political Science, Stony Brook University