Michael Tesler is associate professor of political science at UC Irvine, where he teaches courses on public opinion, racial politics, elections, political psychology, American government, and quantitative research methods. He is author of Post-Racial or Most Racial? Race and Politics in the Obama Era (University of Chicago Press, 2016), and co-author with David O. Sears of Obama’s Race: The 2008 Election and the Dream of a Post-Racial America (University of Chicago Press, 2010).  His latest book, co-authored with John Sides and Lynn Vavreck, Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America, was published by Princeton University Press in October 2018.

Michael’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, featured in several prominent media outlets, and published in such scholarly journals as the American Journal of Political Science and the  Journal of Politics.  As a contributing editor for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog, his work has received recognition from both popular and academic sources.  Michael was recognized by Politico as one of the top 50 “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016,” and received the 2018 Emerging Scholar Award for “the top scholar in the field within ten years of his or her PhD” from the Elections, Public, Opinion and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association   Before arriving at UCI, he earned a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA in 2011 and was on the faculty at Brown University from 2011 to 2014.