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APSA Religion and Politics: requesting proposals for small grant awards

The Religion and Politics section of the American Political Science Association is requesting proposals for small grant awards of up to $3,000 for research on religion and politics. The total amount to be allocated is $15,000. Proposals may address any topic of theoretical, empirical, and practical significance for the study of religion and politics. Effective proposals will make clear what the author(s) intend to do, why that research is important, and how the project will be executed. The full call for proposals can be found here.

  • Please submit proposals to apsa.religion.politics@gmail.com by 11:59 PM (E.T.) on October 28, 2022. Awards will be announced by December 5, 2022.
  •  Funds may be spent through Decemer 1, 2023.
  • Applicants must be members of the Religion & Politics section (note that section membership is free to graduate students).
  • Preference will be given to graduate students, recent PhDs, and untenured faculty.
  • Questions may be addressed to Dr. Kikue Hamayotsu at khamayotsu@niu.edu.

2022 APSA Religion & Politics Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2022 APSA Religion & Politics Award Winners!

Ted Jelen Best Journal Article Award

Winner: Joel Day (Everyday practices of toleration: The Interfaith foundations of peace accords in Sierra Leone. Politics and Religion 14(1))

Honorable Mention: Anwar Mhajne, Rasmus Brandt (Rights, Democracy, and Islamist Women’s Activism in Tunisia and Egypt. Politics and Religion 14(4))

 

Aaron Wildavsky Best Dissertation in Religion and Politics Award

Winner: Jessica Soedirgo (“The Threat of Small Things: Patterns of Repression and Mobilization Against Micro-Sized Groups in Indonesia”)

 

Hubert Morken Best Book in Religion and Politics Award

Winner:  Jonathan Laurence, Coping with Defeat: Sunni Islam, Roman Catholicism and the Modern State

Honorable Mentions:

David E. Campbell, Geoffrey C. Layman, John C. Green, Secular Surge: A New Faultline in American Politics

 

Kenneth D. Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award

Winner: Ahmed Ezzeldin Mohamed (“Religious Cycles of Government Responsiveness: Why Governments Distribute in Ramadan”)

 

Weber Best Conference Paper in Religion and Politics Award

Winner: Ahmed Ezzeldin Mohamed (“Religious Cycles of Government Responsiveness: Why Governments Distribute in Ramadan”)

 

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Outstanding Scholar in Religion and Politics Award

Winners: Laura Olson

Kenneth D. Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award – Call for Nominations

The Kenneth D. Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award is 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 and presented in 2020 or 2021. 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 members.

Deadline for Nominations: April 15, 2022 May 2, 2022

Award Committee:

Vineeta Yadav (Committee Chair), Penn State University (vuy2@psu.edu)
Jim Guth, Furman University (jim.guth@furman.edu)
David Barker, American University (dbarker@american.edu)

Aaron Wildavsky Best Dissertation Award – Call for Nominations

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 (2020 or 2021), and should make a distinctive contribution to the study of religion and politics, broadly understood.

Nomination Instructions: Please send a letter of nomination (maximum 2 pages) and a copy of the dissertation to the committee members by email. Self-nominations are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact the committee chair, Kikue Hamayotsu (khamayotsu@niu.edu).

Deadline for Nominations: April 15, 2022

Award Committee:

Kikue Hamayotsu (Committee Chair), Northern Illinois University (khamayotsu@niu.edu)
Alexandra Blackman, Cornell University (adb295@cornell.edu)
Ani Sarkissian, Michigan State University (asarkiss@msu.edu)

Weber Best Paper in Religion and Politics Award – Call for Nominations

Weber Best Paper in Religion and Politics Award recognizes the best paper dealing with religion and politics presented at the previous year’s APSA Annual Meeting (2021). The paper should address a timely and relevant topic, within the discipline and beyond, in a theoretically innovative and methodologically thorough manner. All papers presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting are eligible, regardless of modality of presentation (ie. in person, virtual/synchronous, and pre-recorded paper presentations are all eligible).

Please submit nominations to all committee members by email by April 15, 2022.

Award Committee:
David Buckley (Committee Chair), University of Louisville, david.buckley@louisville.edu
Tugba Bozcaga, King’s College London (tugba.bozcaga@kcl.ac.uk)
Nazita Lajevardi, Michigan State University (nazita@msu.edu)