Religion and Politics Section Awards

Ted Jelen Best Journal Article Award – 2019

This award is presented for the best article published in Politics and Religion in the 2018 calendar year (volume 11, issues 1-4).


Amy Erica Smith (Chair)
Elizabeth Oldmixon
Chris Reardon
Paul Djupe.

Hubert Morken Best Book Award – 2019

The Hubert Morken Award is given for the best book dealing with religion and politics published within the past year. The criteria for the award include the originality of the argument presented, quality of the research, innovative methods, readability of the text and the policy or practical implications of the scholarship.

To be eligible for the award, books must have been published in 2018. The nomination should include a brief statement (250-750 words) summarizing the book’s contributions and why it is nominated for the award. This statement can be sent by email. As part of the nomination, publishers should send a copy of the nominated book to EACH member of the awards committee at the addresses below, making sure that the books arrive by the nomination deadline, March 15th, the latest.

Self nominations are welcome.

If you have any questions, please contact the committee chair, Nukhet A. Sandal (

Committee Members Contact Information

Nukhet A. Sandal
Ohio University
Department of Political Science
Bentley Annex 259
Athens OH 45701

Andrew Lewis
University of Cincinnati
Department of Political Science
301 Clifton Court
1102 Crosley Tower (ML 0375)
Cincinnati, OH 45221

Jeremy Menchik
152 Bay State Rd
Pardee School of Global Studies
Boston University
Boston MA 02215

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

Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award – 2019

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


Ted Jelen Award for the best article published in Politics and Religion

Borjan Zic

The Political Impact of Displacement: Wartime IDPs, Religiosity, and Post War Politics in Bosnia

Weber Best Conference Paper Award

Paul A. Djupe, Jacob R. Neiheisel, Kimberly H. Conger

“Are the Politics of the Christian Right Linked to State Rates of the Non Religious?”

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Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award

Michael Hoffman

“Communal Religion, Sectarian Interests, and Democracy”

The Hubert Morken Book Award

Andrew R. Lewis

The Rights Turn in Conservative Christian Politics

Cambridge University Press





Distinguished Reviewer Awards

Paul Djupe

Ekrem Karakoc

Melanie Kolbe

Jacob Neiheisel

Lavinia Stan