Congratulations to Nicholas Valentino For Receiving Rackham's 2024 Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award!

The Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Awards recognize tenured faculty from any discipline who are outstanding mentors of doctoral students, who support their intellectual, creative, scholarly, and professional growth, and foster a culture of intellectual engagement in which they thrive. 

Nicholas A. Valentino is a professor of political science and research professor at the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan. He is a PI of the American National Election Studies (ANES). He was President of the International Society for Political Psychology from 2019-2020 and has served on the American National Election Studies Board since 2010, becoming Associate PI in 2018. Valentino specializes in political and psychological approaches to understanding public opinion formation, socialization, information seeking, and electoral participation. His work employs experimental methods, surveys, and content analyses of political communication. The research has focused on the intersecting roles of racial attitudes and public emotions, especially the distinct power of anger versus fear. He has also written extensively on the causes and consequences of empathy for ethnic outgroups. 

He joins other exceptional recipients in the Political Science department: Rob Franzese, Mary Corcoran, Jim Morrow, John Jackson, Liz Wingrove, Allen Hicken, Chuck Shipan, and Vince Hutchings.