Barbara Sinclair Legacy Award

The Barbara Sinclair Legacy Award is new LSS award designed to honor the work of a scholar or set of scholars who have contributed a lifetime of significant scholarship to the study of legislative politics. In the tradition of Professor Sinclair’s body of work, recipients of this award will have focused on individual legislative behavior, institutional rules, or the role of party in shaping legislative politics.  This award is also intended to recognize scholars who employ a range of methods in their research.

Nomination can be made by any member of the Legislative Studies Section;  nomination letters and a list of the candidate’s publications are due by March 1, 2020.

2020 Selection Committee:  Gregory J. Wawro, Columbia University, chair (; Diana Evans, Trinity College (; Scott H. Ainsworth University of Georgia (

2019 Winners:  John Aldrich, Duke University and David W. Rohde, Duke University

2019 Selection Committee:

Tracy Sulkin (Chair), University of Illinois
John Wilkerson, University of Washington
Nate Monroe, University of Califorina, Merced


2018 Winner

David R. Mayhew, Yale University

Selection Committee:

Gregory Koger, University of Miami
Sarah Binder, George Washington University and the Brookings Institution
Lynda Powell, University of Rochester