2018 Award Recipients

Dissertation Awards

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

Recipient: David Szakonyi, Columbia University
Title: “Renting Elected Office: Why Businesspeople Become Politicians in Russia”

Award Committee:
Fotini Christia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Chair)
Ernesto Calvo, University of Maryland, College Park
Jane Gingrich, Magdalen College, Oxford

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.

Recipient: Mariano Sanchez Talanquer, Cornell University
Title: “States Divided: History, Conflict, and State Formation in Mexico and Colombia”

Award Committee:
Jenna Bednar, University of Michigan (Chair)
Jörg Broschek, Wilfrid Laurier University
Kent Eaton, University of California, Santa Cruz

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

Recipient: Abigail Matthews, University of Iowa
Title: “Connected Courts: The Diffusion of Precedent Across State Supreme Courts”

Award Committee:
Jeb Barnes, University of Southern California (Chair)
Rebecca Gill, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Eve Ringsmuth, Oklahoma State University

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

Recipient: Jonathan Mummolo, Princeton University
Title: “Modern Police Tactics, Police-Citizen Interactions, and the Prospects for Reform

Award Committee:
Jacob Hacker, Yale University (Chair)
William Gormley, Georgetown University
Jennifer Kavanagh, RAND Corporation

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

Recipient: Christoph Mikulaschek, Princeton University
Title: “The Power of the Weak: How Informal Power-Sharing Shapes the Work of the United Nations Security Council”

Award Committee:
Ido Oren, University of Florida (Chair)
K. Orfeo Fioretos, Temple University
Stacie Goddard, Wellesley College

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

Recipient: Benjamin Toff, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Title: “The Blind Scorekeepers: Journalism, Polling, and the Battle to Define Public Opinion in American Politics”

Award Committee:
Mark Peterson, University of California, Los Angeles (Chair)
Susan Haire, University of Georgia
Vesla Weaver, Johns Hopkins University

Kenneth Sherrill Prize
The Kenneth Sherrill Prize is given annually for best dissertation proposal for an empirical study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) topics in political science.

Recipient: Anna L. Weissman, University of Florida
Title: “LGBT Tolerance and the Focus on Non-Normative Parenting: Same-Sex Marriage vs. Same-Sex Parenting”

Award Committee:
Patrick Egan, New York University (Chair)
Jyl Josephson, Rutgers University, Newark
Andrew S. Reynolds, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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

Recipient: Tae-Yeoun Keum, Harvard University
Title: “Plato and the Mythic Tradition of Political Thought”

Award Committee:
Mary Dietz, Northwestern University (Chair)
Andrew Valls, Oregon State University
David Lay Williams, DePaul University


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

Recipient: Jennifer Mei Jun Yim, University of Utah
Title: “Delinquency’s Treatment: Why Interactions Produce Policy and Identity in Secure Juvenile Facilities”

Award Committee:
Steven Maynard-Moody, University of Kansas (Chair)
Lotte Andersen, University of Aarhus
Christine Roch, Georgia State University


Paper & Article Awards

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.

Recipient: Ana Catalano Weeks, University of Bath
Title: “Why Are Gender Quota Laws Adopted by Men? The Role of Inter- and Intra-Party Competition”

Award Committee:
Julia Lynch, University of Pennsylvania (Chair)
Frank Schimmelfennig, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Patricia Strach, SUNY, University of Albany

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.

Recipients: Matthew T. Pietryka and Donald A. DeBats
Title: “It’s Not Just What You Have, but Whom You Know: Networks, Social Proximity to Elites, and Voting in State and Local Elections”

Award Committee:
Giovanni Capoccia, University of Oxford (Chair)
Tariq Thachil, Vanderbilt University
Jessica Weeks, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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.

Recipients: Katherine J. Cramer and Benjamin Toff
Title: “The Fact of Experience: Rethinking Political Knowledge and Civic Competence”

Award Committee:
Giovanni Capoccia, University of Oxford (Chair)
Janet Johnson, CUNY, Brooklyn College
Jan Toerell, Lund University



Book Awards

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.

Co-Recipient: Juliet Hooker, Brown University
Title: Theorizing Race in the Americas: Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois, and Vasconcelos (Oxford University Press)

Co-Recipient: Chris Zepeda-Millan, University of California, Berkeley
Title: Latino Mass Mobilization: Immigration, Racialization, and Activism (Cambridge University Press)

Award Committee:
Antje Ellermann, Institute for European Studies (Chair)
Erin Chung, Johns Hopkins University
Sophia Jordan Wallace, University of Washington, Seattle

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.

Recipients: Sarah Binder, George Washington University and Mark Spindel, Potomac River Capital LLC
Title: The Myth of Independence: How Congress Governs the Federal Reserve (Princeton University Press)

Award Committee:
Daniel Tichenor, University of Oregon (Chair)
Corrine McConnaughy, George Washington University
David Robertson, University of Missouri, St. Louis

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

Recipient: Kara Ellerby, University of Delaware
Title: No Shortcut to Change: An Unlikely Path to a More Gender Equitable World (NYU Press)

Award Committee:
Mona Lena Krook, Rutgers University (Chair)
Amrita Basu, Amherst College
Farida Jalalzai, Oklahoma State University

APSA-IPSA Theodore J. Lowi First Book Award
The APSA-IPSA Theodore J. Lowi First Book 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.  This award is supported by the International Political Science Association (IPSA).

Recipient: Margaret Peters, University of California, Los Angeles
Title: Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization (Princeton University Press)

Award Committee:
Carlo Guarnieri, Università di Bologna (Chair)
Suzanne Mettler, Cornell University
David Vogel, University of California, Berkeley

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.

Co-Recipient: Paul D. Kenny, Australian National University
Title: Populism and Patronage: Why Populists Win Elections in India, Asia, and Beyond (Oxford University Press)

Co-Recipient: K. Sabeel Rahman, Brooklyn Law School
Title: Democracy Against Domination (Oxford University Press)

Award Committee:
John Seery, Pomona College (Chair)
Lucan Way, University of Toronto
Margaret Weir, Brown University

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

Recipient: Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University
Title: Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy (Cambridge University Press)

Award Committee:
Allison Stanger, New America (Chair)
Ester Fuchs, Columbia University
Timothy Kaufman-Osborn, Whitman College



Career Awards

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.

Recipient: John Ishiyama, University of North Texas

Award Committee:
Linda Fowler, Dartmouth College (Chair)
Karen Hult, Virginia Tech
C. Morrison, University of Delaware

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

Recipient: Condoleezza Rice, Hoover Institution at Stanford University

Award Committee:
William Galston, The Brookings Institution (Chair)
Peter Feaver, Duke University
Barbara Romzek, American University

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.

Recipient: Norma Riccucci, Rutgers University

Award Committee:
Kelly Leroux, University of Illinois, Chicago (Chair)
Jill Nicholson-Crotty, Indiana University
Andrew Whitford, University of Georgia

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

Recipient: Craig Silverman, BuzzFeed News

Award Committee:
Erika Franklin Fowler, Wesleyan University (Chair)
Bruce Bimber, University of California, Santa Barbara
Stephen Saideman, Carleton University


Barbara Sinclair Lecture
The Barbara Sinclair Lecture is delivered by a speaker who has demonstrated individual achievement in promoting understanding of the U.S. Congress and legislative politics. This award is supported by the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, School of Public Affairs, American University.

Recipient: Sarah Binder, George Washington University

Award Committee:
Jim Thurber, American University (Chair)
Janna Deitz, Western Illinois University
Ron Elving, National Public Radio and American University
Greg Koger, Miami University
Cathy Rudder, George Mason University

APSA Distinguished Teaching Award
The APSA Distinguished Teaching Award honors an outstanding contribution to undergraduate and/or graduate teaching of political science at a two- or four-year institution.

Recipient: Timothy Johnson, University of Minnesota

Award Committee:
Amanda Hollis-Brusky, Pomona College (Chair)
Chris Howell, Oberlin College
Tamara Metz, Reed College