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Lawrence D. Bobo‎ and Robert L. Santos Win AAPOR Awards

WASHINGTON, DC, May 21, 2021 — The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) announced the winners of the 2020 and 2021 AAPOR Awards for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement at the Annual Awards Ceremony on May 13, 2021, during the virtual AAPOR 76th Annual Conference‎. Given for outstanding contributions to the field of public opinion research, the AAPOR Award is AAPOR's lifetime achievement award.

2020 AAPOR Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement

Lawrence D. Bobo

Lawrence D. Bobo is Dean of Social Science and the W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University. His research commitments and agenda unite theory and public opinion data in a domain of critical importance—racial attitudes and race relations. The resulting deeply creative body of work dissects the structure and meaning of racial attitudes and the social processes in which they are embedded. His work has influenced every scholar in the field for decades. Dean Bobo has contextualized and sociologically informed the concept of laissez faire racism and challenged previous discussions of symbolic racism. He has contested standard interpretations of attitudes toward racialized social processes and policies by insisting on a crucial role for power and conflict. This shift in thinking led by Lawrence D. Bobo has required researchers across the social sciences to grapple with his work and to incorporate the perspectives offered by a sociological social psychology.

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2021 AAPOR Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement

Robert L. Santos

Robert Santos is vice president and chief methodologist at the Urban Institute and the 116th president of the American Statistical Association. He also served as AAPOR president from 2013 to 2014. For more than 40 years, Santos has had a significant and long-lasting impact on the field of survey and opinion research, including important contributions to the scientific literature, unsurpassed service to the profession, mentorship, and advocacy on matters critical to the field. Santos’s professional career reflects the breadth of the field, bridging academic, not-for-profit, and for-profit organizations. His work has been wide-ranging and includes executive level appointments in world-renowned research institutions and leadership roles in over 70 policy-relevant and vitally important studies. His focus on designing samples of underrepresented groups who otherwise would not have a voice has provided new and important insights about racial and ethnic minority groups.

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The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) is the leading professional organization of public opinion and survey research professionals in the U.S., with members from academia, media, government, the non-profit sector and private industry. AAPOR members embrace the principle that public opinion research is essential to a healthy democracy, providing information crucial to informed policymaking and giving voice to the nation's beliefs, attitudes and desires. It promotes a better public understanding of this role, as well as the sound and ethical conduct and use of public opinion research. www.aapor.org