Awards for Program Book


Gabriel A. Almond Award

The Gabriel A. Almond Award is given annually for best dissertation in the field of comparative politics.

Award Committee:
Kimuli Kasara, Columbia University (Chair)
Michael Ross, University of California
Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University

Recipient: Jeremy Ferwerda, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: “The Politics of Proximity: Local Redistribution in Developed Democracies”

William Anderson Award

The William Anderson Award is given annually for best dissertation in the general field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state, and local politics.

Award Committee:
Nicole Bolleyer, University of Exeter (Chair)
Michael Hail, Morehead State University
Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz, University of Rhode Island

Recipient: Bai Linh Hoang, University of Michigan
Title: “Democratic Listening?  Race and Representation in Local Politics”

Edward S. Corwin Award

The Edward S. Corwin Award is given annually for best dissertation in the field of public law.

Award Committee:
Jeffrey Staton, Emory University (Chair)
Lori Johnson, Mercer University
Jeffrey Lax, Columbia University

Recipient: Allison Harris, University of Chicago
Title: “Who’s on the Bench?: Political Implications of Judicial Characteristics and Judicial Selection Methods in the U.S.”

Harold D. Lasswell Award

The Harold D. Lasswell Award is given annually for best dissertation in the field of public policy. The award is supported by the Policy  Studies Organization.

Award Committee:
Jeronimo Cortina, University of Houston (Chair)
Christine Rothmayr Allison, University of Montreal
Lisa Millers, Rutgers University

Recipient: Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Harvard University
Title: “Whose Bills? Corporate Interests and Conservative Mobilization Across the States”

Merze Tate Award

The Merze Tate Award is given annually for best dissertation in the field of international relations, law, and politics. This prize was formerly the Helen Dwight Reid Award.

Award Committee:
Jessica Chen Weiss, Cornell University (Chair)
Terrence Chapman, University of Texas at Austin
Victoria Tin-bor Hui, University of Notre Dame

Recipient: Rochelle Terman, University of California, Berkeley
Title: “Backlash: Defiance, Human Rights and the Politics of Shame”

E.E. Schattschneider Award

The E.E. Schattschneider Award is given annually for best dissertation in the field of American government.

Award Committee:
Gisela Sin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Chair)
Julia Azari, Marquette University
Matthew Beckmann, University of California, Irvine

Recipient: Mallory SoRelle, Cornell University
Title: “Democracy Declined: The Failed Politics of Consumer Credit”

Leo Strauss Award

The Leo Strauss Award is given annually for best dissertation in the field of political philosophy.

Award Committee:
Judith Grant, Ohio University (Chair)
Arash Abizadeh, McGill University
Deborah Baumgold, University of Oregon

Recipient: Kevin Duong, Cornell University
Title: “Democratic Terror: Redemptive Violence and the Formation of Nineteenth Century France”

Leonard D. White Award

The Leonard D. White Award is given annually for the best dissertation in the field of public administration. The award is supported by the University of Chicago.

Award Committee:
Zachary Oberfield, Haverford College (Chair)
Mary Feeney, Arizona State University
Holly Goerdel, University of Kansas

Recipient: Alan Zarychta, University of Colorado, Boulder
Title: “It Takes More Than a Village: Governance and Public Services in Developing Countries”


Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award

The Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award is given annually for the best paper presented at the previous year’s annual meeting. The award is supported by Pi Sigma Alpha.

Award Committee:
Jennifer Wolak, University of Colorado, Boulder (Chair)
Carsten Jensen, Aarhus University
John Wilkerson, University of Washington

Recipient: Kenneth Greene, University of Texas at Austin
Title: “Why Vote Buying Fails: Campaign Effects and the Elusive Swing Voter”

Heinz I. Eulau Award – American Political Science Review

The Heinz Eulau Award is awarded annually to the best article published in the American Political Science Review in the previous calendar year. The award is supported by Cambridge University Press.

Award Committee:
Florence Faucher, Sciences Po (Chair)
Johannes Lindvall, Lund University
Elizabeth Markovits, Mount Holyoke College

Recipient: Alisha Holland, Harvard University
Title: “Forbearance”

Heinz I. Eulau Award – Perspectives on Politics

The Heinz Eulau Award is awarded annually to the best article published in Perspectives on Politics in the previous calendar year. The award is supported by Cambridge University Press.

Award Committee:
Florence Faucher, Sciences Po (Chair)
Edward Mansfield, University of Pennsylvania
Leslie Schwindt-Bayer, Rice University

Recipient: Matthew Kocher, Nuno Monteiro, Yale University
Title: “Lines of Demarcation: Causation, Design-Based Inference, and Historical Research”


Ralph J. Bunche Award

The Ralph J. Bunche Award is given annually for the best scholarly work in political science that explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism.

Award Committee:
Keith Banting, Queens University (Chair)
Andrew Douglas, Morehouse College
Victoria Hattam, The New School

Recipient: Vaughn Rasberry, Stanford University
Title: Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination (Harvard University Press)

Gladys M. Kammerer Award

The Gladys M. Kammerer Award is given annually for the best book published during the previous calendar year in the field of U.S. national policy.

Award Committee:
Janet Martin, Bowdoin College (Chair)
Stephen Amberg, University of Texas, San Antonio
Traci Burch, Northwestern University

Recipient: Gary J. Miller, Washington University in St. Louis and Andrew B. Whitford, University of Georgia
Title: Above Politics: Bureaucratic Discretion and Credible Commitment (Cambridge University Press)

Victoria Schuck Award

The Victoria Schuck Award is given annually for the best book published on women and politics.

Award Committee:
Christina Ewig, University of Minnesota (Chair)
Amy Alexander, University of Gothenburg
Zoe Oxley, Union College

Recipient: J. Kevin Corder, Western Michigan University and Christina Wolbrecht, University of Notre Dame
Title: Counting Women’s Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage to through the New Deal (Cambridge University Press)

Theodore J. Lowi Award

The Theodore J. Lowi Award is given annually for the best first book in any field of political science, showing promise of having substantive impact on the overall discipline.

Award Committee:
Graham Wilson, Boston University (Chair)
Shirin Rai, University of Warwick
Mauro Calise, Federica Weblearning

Recipient: Dara Kay Cohen, Harvard Kennedy School
Title: Rape During Civil War (Cornell University Press)

Robert A. Dahl Award

The Robert A. Dahl Award is given annually to an untenured scholar who has produced scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of democracy.

Award Committee:
Claire Adida, University of California, San Diego (Chair)
Staffan Lindberg, Gothenburg University
Thad Williamson, University of Richmond

Recipient: Candelaria Garay, Harvard Kennedy School
Title: Social Policy Expansion in Latin America (Cambridge University Press)

Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award is given annually for the best book on government, politics, or international relations. The award, formerly supported by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, is sponsored by Princeton University.

Award Committee:
Edward Weber, Oregon University (Chair)
Benjamin Smith, University of Florida
Mariah Zeisberg, University of Michigan

Recipient: Eric Schickler, University of California, Berkeley
Title: Racial Realignment: The Transformation of American Liberalism, 1932-1965 (Princeton University Press)

Benjamin E. Lippincott Award

The Benjamin E. Lippincott Award is given biennially to recognize a work of exceptional quality by a living political theorist that is still considered significant after a time span of at least 15 years since the original date of publication.

Award Committee:
Sarah Song, University of California, Berkeley (Chair)
Corey Brettschneider, Brown University
Cecile Laborde, Nuffield College, Oxford

Recipient: Bernard Boxill, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Title: Blacks and Social Justice (Rowman & Littlefield)


Frank J. Goodnow Award

The Frank J. Goodnow Award recognizes service to the community of political science by teachers, researchers, and public servants who work in the many fields of politics.

Award Committee:
Priscilla Regan, George Mason University (Chair)
Kyle Beardsley, Duke University
Jeff Frieden, Harvard University

Recipient: Jeffrey Isaac, Indiana University

James Madison Award

The James Madison Award is given triennially to an American political scientist who has made a distinguished scholarly contribution to political science.

Award Committee:
Susan Stokes, Yale University (Chair)
Helen Ingram, University of Arizona
Frank Thompson, Rutgers University

Recipient: Deborah Stone, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Hubert H. Humphrey Award

The Hubert H. Humphrey Award is given annually in recognition of notable public service by a political scientist.

Award Committee:
Mary Fainsod Katzenstein, Cornell University (Chair)
Michael Lipsky, Demos
Kent Weaver, Georgetown University / Brookings Institution

Recipient: Lloyd Axworthy, University of Winnipeg

Charles E. Merriam Award

The Charles E. Merriam Award is given biennially to a person whose published work and career represent a significant contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research.

Award Committee:
Lisa Anderson, American University of Cairo (Chair)
Donald Kinder, University of Michigan
Paul Quirk, University of British Columbia

Recipient: Bernard Grofman, University of California, Irvine

Hanes Walton, Jr. Award

The Hanes Walton, Jr. Award is given biennially to a political scientist whose lifetime of distinguished scholarship has made significant contributions to our understanding of racial and ethnic politics and illuminates the conditions under which diversity and intergroup tolerance thrive in democratic societies.

Award Committee:
Alvin Tillery, Northwestern University (Chair)
Michael Jones-Correa, University of Pennsylvania
Jane Junn, University of Southern California

Recipient: Michael Dawson, University of Chicago

 John Gaus Award

The John Gaus Award and Lectureship honors the recipient’s career of exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration.

Award Committee:
Greg Lewis, Georgia State University (Chair)
Ann Bowman, Texas A&M University
Jocelyn Johnston, American University

Recipient: James L. Perry, Indiana University

Carey McWilliams Award

The Carey McWilliams Award is given annually for a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.

Award Committee:
Johanna Dunaway, Texas A&M University (Chair)
Matt Baum, Harvard Kennedy School
Claes de Vreese, University of Amsterdam

Recipient: Jake Tapper, CNN

Distinguished Teaching Award

The Distinguished Teaching Award honors an outstanding contribution to undergraduate and graduate teaching political science at two- or four-year institutions.

Award Committee:
Nancy Kassop, State University of New York, New Paltz (Chair)
Welling Hall, Earlham College
Ethan Hollander, Wabash College

Recipient: Michael Genovese, Loyola Marymount University