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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


The Inaugural Ted G. Jelen Award Goes to…

By Paul A. Djupe and Angelia R. Wilson

One of the exciting features of this blog is its integration with the APSA Religion and Politics Section Journal, Politics & Religion. These are exciting times in the section and at the journal in part because of the slew of new awards the section is able to give out. One of them that we had the privilege of being involved with is The Ted G. Jelen Award for the best article published in the journal for each volume. First a word about Ted.

Ted (PhD OSU 1979) is an outstanding political scientist with a special relationship to the subfield and journal. He was a founding member of the organized section and was the co-founding editor of Politics & Religion with Sabrina Ramet in 2007, handing it over to Angie and I in great shape after five years (volumes from 2008-2011). But that scratches the surface of Ted’s service to the subfield. Ted has served on innumerable award committees, was the editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and has shared his expertise regularly with authors as panel discussant. There is arguably no political scientist who has helped other scholars more to move their religion and politics ideas to print than Ted.

The first volume considered covered 2016 (vol 10). We had a wealth of articles from which choose the inaugural award winner and it was difficult to settle on just one. In the end, we chose:

Gershon, Sarah Allen, Adrian D. Pantoja, and J. Benjamin Taylor. 2016. “God in the Barrio?: The Determinants of Religiosity and Civic Engagement among Latinos in the United States.” Politics & Religion 9(1): 84-110.

The piece challenges the conventional wisdom that religious engagement is tightly tied to political activity, finding that the tether weakens across the generations of Latinos in the US. The paper also demonstrates that Latinos are secularizing along with other Americans, but is able to conclude that a vibrant public sphere does not have to suffer as a result.

Also posted here.

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.

Ted Jelen Award

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