Charles Anthony “Tony" Smith, political science associate professor, is a two-time recipient of the Bailey Award presented by the LGBT Caucus of the American Political Science Association (APSA). The award is presented each year at the annual APSA conference to the author of the best paper on an LGBT topic presented at the previous year's conference. Smith first received the award in 2011 for his study on legislative representation of gays and lesbians. His 2014 award winning paper examines the theory of public opinion backlash against gays and lesbians, finding no evidence of opinion backlash among the general public, by members of groups predisposed to dislike gays and lesbians, or those with psychological traits that may predispose them to lash back. The study was co-authored with Benjamin Bishin, political science professor, UC Riverside; Thomas Hayes, political science assistant professor, University of Connecticut; and Matthew Incantalupo, graduate student, Princeton University. The scholars will be presented with the award at the association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. August 28-31, 2014.


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