Category Archives: Section Awards

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Outstanding Scholar in Religion and Politics Award

The Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Outstanding Scholar Award recognizes a scholar who has made outstanding contributions to the field of religion and politics. These contributions should be through a combination of excellent and widely influential scholarship, policy input/impact, public engagement, service, teaching, and mentorship. Although the committee highly encourages nominations of APSA members and takes service to APSA seriously, nominees do not have to be current APSA members. The nominees are expected to attend the following year’s APSA Annual Meeting and participate in the roundtable organized in to celebrate their work.

The award is presented annually, following a review of applications by the committee. The winner will be honored with a plaque, a monetary award of $500, and a roundtable symposium honoring their work at the APSA Annual Meeting of the next calendar year. (The 2020 Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Awardee will be honored at the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting both during the business meeting and the roundtable).

The award is intended as an addition to, not replacement for, the practice of awarding special lifetime achievement awards’ for scholars who have made substantial contributions to the Section on the event of their retirement. Instead, this is meant to reward political scientists (including those who are mid-career) who have made a substantial contribution to the field of religion and politics.

Nomination letters and the CVs of the nominees are due to the Committee Chair, Ben Gaskins, ( by April 15, 2020. [Deadline extended to May 15, 2020] The nomination letter should clearly describe how the nominee fulfills the criteria described above. Since this award is meant to reflect peer recognition, self-nominations will not be considered.

Award Committee:

Ben Gaskins (
Lewis and Clark College

Tanya Schwarz (

Andrea Hatcher (
The University of the South

Call for Nominations – Aaron Wildavsky Best Dissertation in Religion and Politics

Section members:

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 (2018 or 2019), and should make a distinctive contribution to the study of religion and politics, broadly understood. Please submit nominations to the committee by email – self-nominations are welcome!

Nomination Instructions: Please send a letter of nomination (maximum 2 pages) and a copy of the dissertation to the committee by email.

Deadline for Nominations: April 15, 2020

Award Committee:

Christopher Hale (Chair) – University of Alabama –
David Buckley – University of Louisville –
Jason Klocek – University of Notre Dame –

Religion and Politics 2019 Awards

The Religion and Politics organized section of the APSA is pleased to announce the following awards. Winners will be recognized at the section business meeting at this year’s annual conference. Congratulations to all the winners!

Ken Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award

Consuelo Amat, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University

“The Hydra Effect: When Repression Creates New Opposition against Authoritarianism”

Weber Best Conference Paper Award

Jonathan Chu, Perry World House the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania
Carrie Lee, United States Air War College

“Race, Religion, and American Support for Humanitarian Intervention”

Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award

Jason Klocek, University of California Berkeley

“The Cult of Coercion: Religion and Strategic Culture in British Counterinsurgency.”

Ted Jelen Best Journal Article Award

Elizabeth Sperber, University of Denver
Erin Hern, Syracuse University

Pentecostal Identity and Citizen Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa: New Evidence from Zambia

Hubert Morken Best Book Award

Marie-Eve Reny, University of Montreal

Authoritarian Containment: Public Security Bureaus and Protestant House Churches in Urban China, Oxford University Press, 2018


2017 Awards and Committees

Ted Jelen Award 2016

This prize is awarded to the best article published in the section’s journal Politics and Religion. The winner of the award is selected by the journal’s editors.


Prof Paul A. Djupe
Denison University, USA

Prof Angelia R. Wilson
University of Manchester, UK

Kenneth D. Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award

The 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.

Deadline: 15 April 2017


Dr Matthew J. Nelson (Chair)
Reader in Politics
Department of Politics and International Relations
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London, UK

Dr Jeremy Menchik
Assistant Professor of International Relations
Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
Boston University, USA

Prof Ted G. Jelen
Department of Political Science
University of Nevada, USA

Dr David Buckley
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Paul Weber Endowed Chair in Politics, Science and Religion
University of Louisville, USA

The Weber Best Conference 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: 15 April 2017 – Self nominations welcome!

Prof Monica Duffy-Toft (Chair)
Professor of Government and Public Policy
Blavatnik School of Government
University of Oxford, UK

Dr David Siroky
Associate Professor of Political Science
School of Politics and Global Studies
Arizona State University, USA

Dr. Tanya B. Schwarz
Visiting Research Fellow
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame, USA

Dr Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom
Senior Lecturer
Political Science Department
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award

Dissertations must have been defended in 2015 or 2016. Nominated dissertations need to be sent to all members of the committee by email with a short bio of the author by April 1st.  Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.

The committee will look for and evaluate the following qualities in the submissions: Clearly defined, timely/relevant topic; solid and original theoretical grounding; rigorous / innovative methodology; significance / potential impact of the dissertation project.

If you have any questions about the award, please contact the committee chair, Nukhet Sandal.

Aaron Wildavsky Award Committee


Dr Nukhet Sandal (Chair)
Assistant Professor and Director of War and Peace Studies Program
Political Science
Ohio University, USA

Dr Ryan Claassen
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Kent State University, USA

Mona Oraby
2016-17 Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow
Maurer School of Law
Indiana University, USA

Dr Gizem Arikan
Associate Professor
Department of International Relations
Yasar University
Izmir, Turkey

The Hubert Morken Award is given for the best publication dealing with religion and politics published during the last two years. The winner will have a clearly defined, relevant topic and contribute new insights to the understanding of religion and politics. The publication or book should be methodologically sound and develop innovative theory in accessible language.

Submissions should be submitted as soon as possible until March 15, 2017. Email Nandini Deo ( with any questions or nominations.

Deadline for nominations: 15 March 2017

Committee Members

Dr Nandini Deo (Chair)
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
LeHigh University, USA

Prof Kevin den Dulk
Paul Henry Chair in Christianity and Politics
Calvin College, USA

Dr Benjamin Schewel
Associate Fellow
Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
University of Virginia, USA

Dr Helge Arsheim
Postdoctoral Fellow
Faculty of Theology
University of Oslo, Norway

Distinguished Reviewer Awards

In order recognize the important work involved in the peer review process, the Section Journal, Politics and Religion, will honor five outstanding reviewers per year. Selected by the Journal editor or editorial team, honorees will be recognized for their dedication at the annual business meeting and each will receive a $50 gift certificate from Cambridge University Press.