The APSA Best Book Award It is presented annually by the American Political Science Association (APSA) to honor the best book on government, politics, or international affairs. This year we have the winners of the ASPA Award for Best Book: Cigdem V. Sirin, Nicholas A. Valentino and Jose D. Villalobos for their work Seeing It: Social Divisions and the Politics of Collective Empathy; and Diana C. Motz for her work, Winners and Losers: The Psychology of Foreign Trade.
Sigdem F. Sereinco-author of Seeing It: Social Divisions and the Politics of Collective Empathy, Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She received her PhD from Texas A&M University in 2009 and her BA from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2003. Dr. Sirin is a recipient of the University of Texas System Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award and an inaugural member of UTEP’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Dr. Serene’s main areas of interest are international relations and political psychology. Her research focuses on examining the exact underpinnings of the processes and outcomes of conflict between and within states. Her publications include articles in Journal of Politics, Political Psychology, International Studies QuarterlyAnd the International political science reviewAnd many other places. Her book, co-authored by Nicolas Valentino and José Villalobos, is titled Seeing It: Social Divisions and the Politics of Collective Empathy (Cambridge University Press, 2021) Recipient of the 2022 APSA Best Book, 2022 APSA Best Book in Empirical Research, 2022 APSA Best Book in Political Psychology, and 2022 ISPP David O. Sears Best Book on Mass Politics Award. Dr. Serene served at UTEP as Director of the Center for Faculty Leadership and Development (CFLD) from 2020 to 2022 and coordinated the UTEP Support Initiative for Online Learning (Sol) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jose de Villalobosco-author of Seeing It: Social Divisions and the Politics of Collective Empathy, Professor of Political Science and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. He is the recipient of the University of Texas System Regents’ Distinguished Teaching Award, the University of Texas Most Distinguished Faculty Award, and the College’s Distinguished Service Award in Liberal Arts. Dr. Villalobos most recently served as Dean’s Fellow and Chair of UTEP’s Community Engagement and Leadership (CEL) Program in the Liberal Arts. His research examines the institutional leadership/management of the United States, the dynamics of public opinion, and policymaking in the areas of the United States presidency, the politics of race/ethnicity and identity, and immigration policy. His publications include articles in Politics MagazineAnd the political psychologyAnd the political research quarterlyAnd the Presidential Studies QuarterlyAnd the American behavioral scientist. Dr. Villalobos is also a co-author (with Justin Vaughn) for Caesars in the White House: The Rise of Politics Caesars as Tools of Presidential Administration (University of Michigan Press, 2015) and co-author (with Sigdem Sirin and Nicholas Valentino) Seeing It: Social Divisions and the Politics of Collective Empathy (Cambridge University Press, 2021).
in Seeing It: Social Divisions and the Politics of Collective EmpathySirin, Valentino, and Villalobos research a core topic – attitudes toward people who are outside the group of an individual’s immediate identity. The authors developed an original theory about the sources and consequences of outward empathy, which states that people who have experienced discrimination and other forms of unfair treatment will be more likely to care about the well-being of people in other marginalized groups. Using a range of empirical tests, the authors show that group empathy is a key predictor of attitudes toward immigrants and refugees, support for Black Lives Matter, perceptions of the #MeToo movement, and more. Sirin et al.’s empathy theory, and its new metrics, likely have broad applications in providing tools for analyzing identity divisions in many parts of the world. Moreover, at a time in American politics where polarization is driving people further apart, Our vision It draws attention to a basic human quality – empathy – that can help us hold together.
APSA thanks the members of the Committee for their service: Kimberly G. Morgan (Chairman) George Washington University, Professor Eva Anduyza of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Dr. and Dr. Nils Ringe of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.