My book, Obama’s Race: The 2008 Election and the Dream of a Post-Racial America, explains how racial attitudes impacted mass opinion and voting behavior during Obama’s historic campaign for the presidency.  The book was published by the University of Chicago Press (Chicago Studies in American Politics) in the fall of 2010.

“Michael Tesler and David O. Sears do a masterful job of driving yet another nail into coffin of the pernicious myth that President Obama’s presidency signifies the advent of a ‘post-racial’ America. Obama’s Race makes the discouraging, but insightful point that American politics, even the politics of partisanship, ideology, class, and gender, is distorted by racial, specifically anti-black, animus. Tesler and Sears also use scientific analysis to confirm the newest dire twist to the politics of race—the degree to which it has become entwined with religious intolerance. This combination of racial and religious intolerance, Tesler and Sears demonstrate, make it nearly impossible for all too many Americans to objectively judge the President's policy proposals. Obama’s Race is must reading for not only serious students of American politics, but for all readers concerned about the future of democracy in America.”

                       -- Michael Dawson, University of Chicago