Selected Publications


Citrin, J. & Sears, D.O. (2014). American Identity and the Politics of Multiculturalism. Cambridge University Press: New York.

Huddy, L., Sears, D.O., & Levy, J. (2013). The Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press: New York.

Tesler, M. & Sears, D.O. (2010). Obama's Race: The 2008 Election and the Dream of a Post-Racial America. The University of Chicago Press: Chicago, IL.

Sidanius, J., Levin, S., van Laar, C., & Sears, D.O. (2008). The Diversity Challenge: Social Identity and Intergroup Relations on the College Campus. Russell Sage Foundation: New York.

Taylor, S.E., Peplau, L.A., & Sears, D.O. (2003). Social Psychology, 11th Edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Sears, D.O., Sidanius, J., & Bobo, L. (Eds). (2000). Racialized Politics: The Debate About Racism in America. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.


Sears, D.O., Danbold, F., & Zavala, V. (2016). Incorporation of Latino immigrants into the American party system. Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 2(3), 183-204.

Ditonto, T.M., Lau. R.R., & Sears, D.O. (2013). AMPing racial attitudes: Comparing the power of explicit and implicit racism measures in 2008. Political Psychology 34(4), 487-510.

Osborne, D., Sears, D.O., & Valentino, N.A. (2010). The end of the solidly Democratic south: The impressionable-years hypothesis. Political Psychology 32(1), 81-108.

Rabinowitz, J. L., Sears, D. O., Sidanius, J., & Krosnick, J. A. (2009). Why Do White Americans Oppose Race-Targeted Policies? Clarifying the Impact of Symbolic Racism. Political Psychology30(5), 805–828.

Henry, P.J. & Sears, D.O. (2008). The crystallization of contemporary racial prejudice across the lifespan. Political Psychology 30(4), 569-590.

Sears, D.O. & Savalei, V. (2006). The Political Color Line in America: Many Peoples of Color or Black Exceptionalism? Political Psychology, 27(6), 895-924.

Tarman, C. & Sears, D.O. (2005). The Conceptualization and Measurement of Symbolic Racism. The Journal of Politics 67(3), 731-761.

Valentino, N.A. & Sears, D.O. (2005). Old Times There Are Not Forgotten: Race and Partisan Realignment in the Contemporary South. American Journal of Political Science 49(3), 672-688.

Sears, D.O. & Henry, P.J. (2003). The Origins of Symbolic Racism. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 85(2), 259-275. 

Sears, D.O., Fu, M., Henry, P.J., & Bui, K. (2003). The Origins and Persistence of Ethnic Identity among the ‘New Immigrant Groups.’ Social Psychology Quarterly 66(4), 419-437.

Henry, P.J. & Sears, D.O. (2002). The Symbolic Racism 2000 Scale. Political Psychology 23(2), 253-283.

J. Citrin, J., Sears, D.O., Muste, C. & Wong, C. (2001). Multiculturalism in American Public Opinion. British Journal of Political Science 31(2), 247-275.

Sears, D.O., & Funk, C.L. (1999). Evidence of the Long-Term Persistence of Adults’ Political Predispositions. Journal of Politics 61(1), 1-28.

Valentino, N.A. & Sears, D.O. (1998). Event-driven Political Communication and the Preadult Socialization of Partisanship. Political Behavior 20(2), 127-154.

Sears, D.O., van Laar, C., Carrillo, M., & Kosterman, R. (1997). Is It Really Racism?: The Origins of White Americans’ Opposition to Race-targeted Policies. Public Opinion Quarterly 61, 16-53.

Sears, D.O. & Valentino, N.A. (1997). Politics Matters: Political Events as Catalysts for Preadult Socialization. American Political Science Review 91(1), 45-65.

Sears, D.O., & Jessor, T. (1996). Whites’ Racial Policy Attitudes: The Role of White Racism. Social Science Quarterly 77(4), 751-759.

Huddy, L. & Sears, D.O. (1995). Opposition to Bilingual Education: Prejudice or the Defense of Realistic Interests? Social Psychology Quarterly 58(2), 133-143.

Sears, D.O. & Funk, C.L. (1991). Graduate Education in Political Psychology. Political Psychology 12(2), 345-362. 

Funk, C.L. & Sears, D.O. (1991). Are We Reaching Undergraduates? A Survey of Course Offerings in Political Psychology. Political Psychology 12(3), 559-572.

Lau, R.R., Sears, D.O., & Jessor, T. (1990). Fact or Artifact Revisited: Survey Instrument Effects and Pocketbook Politics. Political Behavior 12(3), 217-242.

Citrin, J., Green, D.P., & Sears, D.O. (1990). White Reactions to Black Candidates: When Does Race Matter? Public Opinion Quarterly 54(1), 74-96.

Huddy, L., & Sears, D.O. (1990). Qualified Public Support for Bilingual Education: Some Policy Implications. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 508, 119-134.