Ken Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award – 2019

Ken Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award – 2019

The Kenneth D. Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award will be given annually to a conference paper studying any aspect of religion and politics presented by a Ph.D. student in political science. The conference can be affiliated with any of the US-based political science associations or a conference affiliated with another association, such as the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the American Academy of Religion, the Middle East Studies Association, or the International Studies Association, as long as the paper was written by a student or students enrolled in a graduate program in political science. Papers written with faculty will not be considered. Papers presented at poster sessions are welcome. The award will be announced and presented at the annual APSA conference during the business meeting. The award committee is under no obligation to make an award if no submissions merit such recognition.

Nomination Instructions: Please send nominations (self-nomination is okay) including an electronic copy of the paper and an electronic copy of the conference program listing to the committee chair.

Deadline for Nominations: May 24, 2019

Award Committee

Daniel Bennett (Chair)
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
John Brown University

Nandini Deo
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Lehigh University

Benjamin Knoll
John Marshall Harlan Associate Professor
Department of Politics
Centre College

Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award

The APSA Religion and Politics Section invites nominations for the Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award. The Aaron Wildavsky Award recognizes the best dissertation in the field of religion and politics. Eligible dissertations have been defended in the last two years, and should make a distinctive contribution to the study of religion and politics, broadly understood. Please submit nominations to the chair of the committee – self-nominations are welcome!

Nomination Instructions: Please send a letter of nomination (maximum 2 pages) and a copy of the dissertation to the committee chair, Rebecca Glazier at

Deadline for nominations: April 15, 2019

New Research Director – Public Religion Research Institute

Dear Fellow Section Members,

Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) in Washington DC is seeking a new research director to lead its team of 5-6 operating at the cutting edge of current religion and politics and public affairs. They are looking for someone with a PhD and experience in the field managing multiple projects and a team. This is a fantastic opportunity to be in the public affairs mix with significant exposure. Please see the link below to read the description and learn how to apply. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me at

If you don’t know them, please check out their outstanding work at where they also provide access to their data for researchers ready to download and analyze.

Best Regards,

Paul Djupe

Denison University Political Science

Weber Best Conference Paper Award – 2019

Weber Best Conference Paper Award – 2019

The Best Paper Award recognizes the best paper dealing with religion and politics presented at the previous year’s APSA Annual Meeting. The paper should address a timely and relevant topic, within the discipline and beyond, in a theoretically innovative and methodologically thorough manner. Please submit nominations to the chair of the committee.

Deadline for nominations: April 15, 2019

Award Committee

Andre Audette (chair)
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Monmouth College

Amanda Friesen
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Kerem Ozan Kalkan
Assistant Professor
Department of Government
Eastern Kentucky University

Rachel Beatty Riedl
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Northwestern University

Journal of Church & State – call for papers

Posted by Matt Scherer, Section Chair, on APSA Connect:

Journal of Church and State is pleased to announce a call for papers on the following topic:

“Catholic Clerical Sexual Abuse”

The continuing Catholic sexual abuse tragedy has escalated from an acute religious crisis to a chronic, global, political one. It continues to be fueled by increasing national, civil investigations; the lack of credible Vatican responses to protect children, and the need to provide justice for the victims. The balance of power between the Catholic Church and many national states has changed significantly due to the increasing revelations of clerical sexual abuse. Authors are invited to submit manuscripts for consideration for a special issue of Journal of Church and State.

Papers are invited from scholars to articulate, examine and analyze the new relationships as well as the negative or positive consequences for both the Catholic Church and civil states. Papers will be expected to use government and church documents to support arguments. These arguments include, but are not limited to:

  • The growth of the scope and nature of civil/criminal investigations into Catholic clerical sexual abuse
  • The right or overreach of the State to examine clerical personnel records
  • State monitoring of the management of clergy
  • The compelling state interest to protect children
  • New interpretations of notions of “separation of Church and State” and constitutional protections of religious freedom
  • State attempts to eradicate religious exemptions and privileges
  • Challenges to the financial position and disposition of Church funds in bankruptcy proceedings
  • Changes in Church supported educational, health, and social policies

The special issue will be edited by Dr Jo Renne Formicola (Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, Seton Hall University – profile page).

Proposals should be emailed to by February 1, 2019.

Submissions should adhere to the journal’s Author Instructions for original research articles. Please indicate in a cover letter that the submission is in response to the Call for Papers and reference the title of the call. All manuscripts submitted in response to the call will undergo expedited, full peer review.

The final deadline for papers will be June 1, 2019.