Awards

The APSA Class and Inequality section invites nominations for five awards: a best book award, a best dissertation award, and three awards for papers presented at the 2021 APSA annual meeting.

Self-nominations, including from students, are welcome and encouraged.

To make a nomination, e-mail all three members of the relevant committee by April 1st 2022. Please include the name of the award in the subject line of your email. Attach the nominated paper or dissertation to your email; for the book award, include a full citation.

Best Book on Class and Inequality:

The book will be chosen from among those published by Section members in the prior two calendar years. In 2022, the committee will consider books published in 2020 and 2021. (Note that nominated authors must be members of the Class & Inequality section.)

Award committee:

Marko Klasnja (Committee chair. Georgetown University, Marko.Klasnja@georgetown.edu)

Emma Saunders-Hastings (The Ohio State University, saunders-hastings.1@osu.edu)

Rune Stubager (Aarhus University, stubager@ps.au.dk)

Best Dissertation on Class and Inequality:

The dissertation will be chosen from among those completed by graduate student Section members in the preceding calendar year. In 2022, the committee will consider dissertations defended in 2021. (Note that nominated authors must be members of the Class & Inequality section.)

Award committee:

Christian Breunig (Committee chair. University of Konstanz, christian.breunig@uni-konstanz.de)

Asli Cansunar (University of Washington, cansunar@uw.edu)

Christina Farhart (Carleton College, cfarhart@carleton.edu)

Best Paper on Class and Inequality

For the best paper presented at a panel sponsored (or co-sponsored) by the Class and Inequality Section at the 2021 APSA annual meeting. Please be sure to submit conference version of paper.

Award committee:

Frederick Solt (Committee chair. University of Iowa, frederick-solt@uiowa.edu)

Patricia Kirkland (Princeton University, p.kirkland@princeton.edu)

Lucia Motolinia (Washington University in St Louis, luciam@wustl.edu)

Best Paper on Social and Economic Inequality

For the best paper on the intersection of social and economic inequality presented at any panel – including those not hosted by the Class and Inequality section – at the 2021 APSA annual meeting. Please be sure to submit conference version of paper.

Award committee:

Kris-Stella Trump (Committee chair. University of Memphis, ktrump@memphis.edu)

Alice Xu (Harvard University, alicexu@g.harvard.edu)

Joshua Robison (Leiden University, j.a.robison@fsw.leidenuniv.nl)

Best Paper on Entrepreneurship & Inclusion

For the best paper on the topic of entrepreneurship and inclusion presented at any panel – including those not hosted by the Class and Inequality section – at the 2021 APSA annual meeting. Sponsored by The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Note that we interpret this topic broadly, for example welcoming papers that improve our understanding of economic, political, and/or social factors that bolster or inhibit entrepreneurship among citizens, or papers that explore political entrepreneurship. For this award, the committee may choose to award separate faculty and graduate student prizes. Please be sure to submit conference version of paper.

Award committee:

Anita Manion (Committee chair. University of Missouri-St Louis, maniona@umsl.edu)

James Conran (University of Oregon, conran@uoregon.edu)

Abhit Bhandari (Temple University, abhit.bhandari@temple.edu)


Previous Winners

Faricy Graduate Student Travel Award

2022: Aduago Pamela Nwakanma (Harvard)

Best Paper Award  

2021: Lucia Motolinia (NYU), Marko Klašnja (Georgetown), and Simon Weschle (Syracuse), “The Political Selection Effects of Campaign Finance Rules”
Award Committee: Kris-Stella Trump, Christopher Ojeda, and Patricia Posey

2020: Alexander Sahn (Berkeley), “Why is Housing Unaffordable? The Great Migration’s Effect on Exclusionary Zoning
Award Committee: Michael Donnelly, Adam Thal, and Natalie Giger

2019: Adam Thal, “Status Update: Social Media and the Economic Policy Preferences of Affluent Americans”
Award Committee: Marko Klašnja and Karen Long-Jusko

2018: Elizabeth Suhay, Marko Klašnja, and Gonzalo Rivero, “Ideology of Affluence: Explanations for Inequality and Political Attitudes among Rich Americans”
Award Committee: Ray La Raja and Elizabeth Rigby

2017: Brian Schaffner, Jesse Rhodes, and Ray La Raja, “Understanding Inequality and Representation in Local Politics”
Award Committee: Tali Mendelberg and Eleanor Neff Powell

2016: Tali Mendelberg, Katherine McCabe, and Adam Thal, “The Rich are Different from You and Me: How Wealthy Student Bodies Foster Economically Conservative Students”; and Eleanor Neff Powell, “Legislative Consequences of Fundraising Influence”
Award Committee: Jacob Hacker, Marty Gilens, and Peter Enns


Best Paper on Social & Economic Inequality

2021: Alice Xu (Harvard), “Segregation and the Spatial Externalities of Inequality: A Theory of Collateral Cooperation for Public Goods in Cities”
Award Committee: Amber Wichowsky, Jennifer Erkulwater, and Jesse Rhodes


Best Paper on Entrepreneurship & Inclusion

2021 Kauffman Award: James K. Conran (University of Oregon), “Work Time Regimes and the Comparative Political Economy of the Gender Pay Gap”
Award Committee: Daniel Stegmuller, Janice Fine, and Simon Weschle

2020 Kauffman Award: Tanushree Goyal (Oxford), “How Women Mobilize Women into Politics: A Natural Experiment in India
Award Committee: Neil Malhotra, Jessica Trounstine, Dan Rubenson, Linda White, and Laura Bucci

2019 Kauffman Faculty Award: Alex Gourevitch, “Political Theory of the Entrepreneur”
2019 Kauffman Graduate Student Award: Pamela Nwakanma, “Women, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Africa”
Award Committee: Chris Witko and David Broockman


Graduate Student Poster Session Award

2019 Best Poster on Economic Inequality: Josh McCrain, “Legislative Staff and Inequality in Representation”
2019 Best Poster on Social Inequality: Christine Slaughter, “Contextual and Persistent: Poverty, Empowerment, and Engagement among African Americans”
Award Committee: Jake Grumbach, Cecilia Mo, and Jesse Rhodes
View our blog post about the 2019 poster reception, which includes pictures from the event.


Outstanding Member Award

For a member deemed by the Section Officers to have made an exceptional contribution to the Section in the previous year.

2016: Martin Gilens
Award Committee: Nicholas Carnes, Meredith Sadin, Chris Faricey