Faculty Associate

Tali Mendelberg

Associate Professor of Politics

215 Robertson Hall
phone: 609-258-4750 ; fax: 609-258-1110

Prof. Mendelberg is the author of The Race Card: Campaign Strategy, Implicit Messages, and the Norm of Equality (Princeton University Press, 2001), winner of the American Political Science Association's 2002 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for "the best book published in the United States during the prior year on government, politics or international affairs." She has also published articles in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of PoliticsPublic Opinion Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, and Political Communication. Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University. In 2002 she received the Erik H. Erikson Early Career Award for Excellence and Creativity in the Field of Political Psychology. She holds a PhD from the University of Michigan.



The Race Card: Campaign Strategy, Implicit Messages, and the Norm of Equality, Princeton University Press (2001).

Selected Articles and Chapters:

"An Experimental Approach to Citizen Deliberation," Forthcoming in The Cambridge Handbook of Experimental Political Science.

“Sex and Race - Are black candidates more likely to be disadvantaged by sex scandals?”Political Behavior 33 (2): 179-202

“Deliberation, Incivility, and Race.” In Democratization in America, edited by Desmond King, Robert Lieberman, Gretchen Ritter, and Laurence Whitehead, Johns Hopkins University Press (2009).

“Racial Priming Revived,” Perspectives on Politics 6(1): 109-123 (March 2008).

“Racial Priming: Issues in Research Design and Interpretation”, Perspectives on Politics 6(1): 135-140 (March 2008).

“How People Deliberate About Justice.” With Christopher Karpowitz. In Can the People Govern?, edited by Shawn Rosenberg, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan (2007), PP. 101-129. Available online from Amazon.com.

“The Indirect Effects of Discredited Stereotypes.” With Adam Berinsky. American Journal of Political Science 49 (4) 846-865 (2005).

“Bringing the Group Back Into Political Psychology.” Political Psychology 26(4): 637-649 (2005).

”The Deliberative Citizen: Theory and Evidence.” In Political Decision Making, Deliberation and Participation: Research in Micropolitics, Volume 6, edited by Michael X. Delli Carpini, Leonie Huddy, and Robert Y. Shapiro, Greenwich, CT: JAI Press (2002).

“Reconsidering the Environmental Determinants of Racial Attitudes.” American Journal of Political Science 44: 574-589 (July 2000). With J. Eric Oliver.

“Race and Public Deliberation.” Political Communication 17: 169-191 (April-June 2000). With John Oleske.

 “Individualism Reconsidered: Principles and Prejudice in Contemporary American Public Opinion on Race.” In Racialized Politics: Values, Ideology, and Prejudice in American Public Opinion, edited by David Sears, Jim Sidanius and Lawrence Bobo, University of Chicago Press (2000). With Donald Kinder.

Recent Citations:

Patel, Ushma (2011) "Mendelberg Examines Inequality through Political Behavior." News at Princeton (June 20).

Lewis, Kevin (2011). "Surprising Insights from the Social Sciences." Boston.com (June 5).

Malhotra, Neil & Margalit, Yotam. "State of the Nation: Anti-Semitism and the economic crisis." Boston Review (May/June, 2009).

           Judis, John."Obama and the Psychology of the Color Barrier",The New Republic(May 28, 2008).

Heilemann, John."The Color-Coded Campaign", New York Magazine (August 10, 2008).

           Pettus, Emily W. "US Politicians Find Ways to Play on Racial Fears", USA Today (July 2, 2008).

Current Work:

           Deliberative Justice Project - Methodological Appendices Jan 2011

           The Deliberative Justice Project Methodological Appendices Aug 2011

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