Lynn Vavreck, UCLA professor of political science, and her co-authors, John Sides and Michael Tesler, have recently been honored for their book, “Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America.”

“Identity Crisis” was awarded the 2019 Richard E. Neustadt Prize for the Best Book on Executive Politics by the Presidents and Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

The book shows how fundamental characteristics of the nation and its politics — the state of the economy, the Obama presidency, and the demographics of the political parties — combined with the candidates’ personalities and rhetoric led to President Trump’s election. It details how Trump’s victory was foreshadowed by changes in the Democratic and Republican coalitions that were driven by people’s racial and ethnic identities.

Vavreck is the Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics and Public Policy at UCLA and a contributor to The Upshot at The New York Times. She writes and teaches courses about campaigns, elections, and public opinion. 

Sides is a professor of political science at George Washington University and Michael Tesler is an associate professor of political science at UC Irvine.