Matt Incantalupo and coauthors win APSA's Bailey Award
Ph.D. candidate in Princeton's Joint Degree Program in Politics and Social Policy Matt Incantalupo, with his coauthors Ben Bishin, Thomas Hayes, and Tony Smith have been awarded APSA's Bailey Award for best paper in LGBT politics. Of their paper, "Testing Backlash: The Influence of Political Institutions on Public Attitudes toward Gay Rights," the committee says:
"....a well-executed study of a very timely topic. In light of recent advancements in the area of military inclusion, marriage equality and other issues, the possibility of political backlash has become an important problem for both academic and political communities to understand more thoroughly. Through an interesting experimental design Bishin, Hayes, Incantalupo and Smith find little evidence of increased intensity of attitudes regarding gays and lesbians and same-sex marriage, challenging key pillars of the backlash thesis with significant empirical evidence. By adding new dimensions to the study of political backlash, they move away from the simplistic, but often widely accepted conclusion that political advances necessarily lead to backlash (and the implication that such advances should therefore be avoided). Rather, they provide empirical evidence that challenges such easy and potentially politically reactionary conclusions."