LaFleur Stephens-Dougan's book, Race to the Bottom: How Racial Appeals Work in American Politics (University of Chicago Press 2020) is the recipient of the 2021 Ralph J. Bunche Award, which is given annually by the American Political Science Association for the best scholarly work in political science that explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism.
"Challenging what we think we know about race and politics....Stephens-Dougan reveals that claims of racial progress have been overstated as our politicians are incentivized to employ racial prejudices at the expense of the most marginalized in our society."
Race to the Bottom: How Racial Appeals Work in American Politics is also the recipient of the David O. Sears Best Book on Mass Politics Award from the International Society of Political Psychology. The David O. Sears Book Award is given for the best book published in the field of the political psychology of mass politics, including political behavior, political values, political identities, and political movements, during the previous calendar year. "Befitting the far-reaching contributions to scholarship of David Sears," this award winning work "demonstrates the highest quality of thought and makes a major substantive contribution to the field of political psychology."
Stephens-Dougan is assistant professor of politics and a CSDP faculty associate at Princeton University.