In this seminar, we will discuss the political psychology of public opinion, voting, leadership, and media coverage of elections. Examples of pertinent questions include: Do citizens vote in self-interested ways? Or are other, more symbolic aspects more important? And to what extent does a candidate’s race matter? In seeking answers to such questions, we will rely upon scholarship in psychology, political science, sociology, history, and geography, and we will pay particular attention to the 2008 elections as they apply to these domains. Students will approach these issues via readings, class discussion, short papers, and a data collection project.