Best Paper Award

Jared Carr presents the Best Paper award at the 2019 APSA conference.
Jared Carr presents the Best Paper Award at the 2019 APSA conference.

Urban Affairs Review is sponsoring a $250 award for the Best Paper in Urban or Regional Politics presented at the 2021 American Political Science Association conference. We encourage panel chairs to nominate papers. We also welcome self-nominations.

Papers presented on any panel associated with the conference are eligible for this award.

All nominations and papers must be received by October 31st, 2021.

The award will be made by a three person panel: one editor of Urban Affairs Review, one member of the UAR editorial board, and one member of the executive council of the Urban and Local Politics Section. The committee will evaluate the version of the paper at the time of the APSA conference.

The award will be announced at the Urban and Local Politics Section meeting at the APSA conference in September 2022. The recipient will be invited to submit the paper to the Urban Affairs Review for fast-track review and publication.

This is an annual award. Awards may not be made every year, depending on the number and quality of submissions.

Please send your nominations to Elizabeth Motyka at

Award committee (2022): TBA


2021 Rafaelle Bazurli (Ca’ Foscari University) and David Kaufmann (Swiss Federal Institute for Technology), “Asylum Policy-Making in European Cities”
2020 Mirya Holman, Tulane University
“Weak Boards, Strong Boards: Local Appointed Boards and the Diluting of Democracy.”
2019 Peter Bucchianeri, Vanderbilt University.
“There’s More than One Way to Party: Progressive Politics and Representation in Nonpartisan San Francisco.”
2018 Brian Y. An, University of Southern California, Morris E. Levy, University of Southern California, and Rodney E. Hero, Arizona State University
“It’s Not Just Welfare: Racial Inequality and the Local Provision of Public Goods in the United States”
2017  Melody Crowder-Meyer, The University of the South, Shana Kushner Gadarian, Syracuse University, Jessica Trounstine, Unviersity of California, Merced, and Kau Vue, University of California, Merced
“A Different Kind of Disadvantage: Candidate Race, Electoral Institutions, and Voter Choice.”
2016 Kathleen Sullivan, Ohio University, Elizabeth Pérez-Chiqués, University at Albany, State University of New York, and Patricia Strach, University at Albany, State University of New York
“Trash: A Political History, 1880-1920.”
2015 Katherine Einstein, Boston University
“Cities, Inequality and Redistribution: Evidence from a Survey of Mayors.” APSA Conference 2014
2015 David Glick, Boston University
“Cities, Inequality and Redistribution: Evidence from a Survey of Mayors.” APSA Conference 2014
2014 Veronica Herrera, University of Connecticut
“From Participatory Promises to Partisan Capture: Local Democratic Transitions and Citizen Water Boards in Urban Mexico.”
 2012 Todd Swanstrom
“Divorcing Power and Responsibility: How National Policies Have Shaped Local Policy Responses to Foreclosures”
2011 Vladimir Kogan, University of California San Diego
“Who Benefits from Jurisdictional Competition?”
2011 Scott Minkoff, Barnard College
“The Proximate Polity: The Spatial Context of Local Develpmental Goods Provision”
2010 Jen Nelles, University of Toronto
“Cooperation and Capacity: Exploring the Sources and Limits of City-Region Governance Partnership”
2009 Margaret Reid and William Schreckhise, University of Arkansas
“When Does Politics Matter? A Reexamination of the Determinants of African American and Latino Municipal Employment Patterns”
2007 Michael Jones-Correa, Cornell University
“Electoral Representation of New Actors in Suburbia”
2006 Dorothy Shipps, Teachers College, Columbia University
“‘Sticky’ School Reform: A Path Dependent Argument about Corporate Influence and Union Weakness in 20th Century Chicago”
2005 Michael Jones-Correa, Cornell University
2004 Megan Mullin, University of California, Berkeley
“Specialization and Responsiveness in Local Policy Making: The Case of Water Districts”
2003 Jessica Trounstine, University of California, San Diego
“Why Turnout Does Matter: The Effects of a Skewed Electorate on Minority Representation in Local Politics”
2002 Loren King, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Democratic Hopes in the Polycentric City”
2001 Vojislava Filipcevic, Columbia University
“Reclaiming the Urban Trenches”