Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Outstanding Scholar Award – Call for Nominations

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 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 2022 Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Awardee will be honored at the 2023 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, Jocelyne Cesari ( by April 15, 2022. The nomination letter should clearly and substantially describe how the nominee fulfills the criteria described above: scholarship, teaching/mentoring, policy impact, and public engagement. Since this award is meant to reflect peer recognition, self-nominations will not be considered. One letter per candidate will be accepted, with the possibility of several signatories.

Award Committee:

Jocelyne Cesari (Committee Chair), University of Birmingham (
Paul Djupe, Denison University (
Jonathan Fox, Bar Ilan University (