Political scientist and former students win book award

Author: Erik Runyon


The Politics of Cultural Differences: Social Change and Voter Mobilization Strategies in the Post-New Deal Period,a book co-authored by David C. Leege, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Dame, two former Notre Dame graduate students and a University of Florida political scientist, has received the inaugural Best Publication Award from the American Political Science Association (ASPA).

The book was co-authored by Kenneth D. Wald, distinguished professor of political science at theUniversityofFlorida, and Brian S. Krueger and Paul D. Mueller, both of whom contributed to the book while earning their doctoral degrees at Notre Dame.

Honored in the ASPAs religion and politics category, the book, published in 2002 by Princeton University Press, offers a new perspective on the cultural dimensions of American political life and formulates a theory of campaign strategies that emphasizes cultural conflict regarding patriotism, race, gender and religion.Based on both theory and empirical data from presidential campaigns over the last four decades of the 20 th century, the authors examine issues that have deepened cultural divisions in both political partiescoalitions.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1976, Leege specializes in American voting behavior, religion and the politics of cultural differences. He is the author of more than 18 books and journal articles and currently studies changes in the political behavior of Catholics and Latinos.

Krueger earned his doctoral degree in political science from Notre Dame in 2002 and currently is an assistant professor of political science at theUniversityofRhode Island. Mueller earned his doctoral degree in 2005 and currently serves as a senior institutional research analyst at Notre Dame.

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