Congratulations to the 2023 APSA Award Winners –

APSA is delighted to announce the winners of the 2023 APSA awards! APSA recognizes and honors the work of various scholars who have made outstanding contributions to political science research, teaching and service. The awards will be presented at the APSA Awards Ceremony during the 119th APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Los Angeles, California.


Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in the field of comparative politics
Recipient: Nichola Kuipers, University of California, Berkeley
Title: “Meritocracy Reconsidered: The Politics of Civil Service Recruitment”
William Anderson Award for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state, and local politics
Recipient: Bhumi Purohit, University of California, Berkeley
Title: “Laments of Getting Things Done: Bureaucratic Resistance Against Female Politicians in India”
Edward S. Corwin Award for the best dissertation in the field of public law
Recipient: Sam Hayes, Boston College
Title: “Courtroom Cartography: How Federal Court Redistricting Has Shaped American Democracy from Baker to Rucho”
Harold D. Lasswell Award for the best dissertation in the field of public policy
Recipient: Michael Lerner, University of Michigan
Title: “Green Catalysts? The Impact of Transnational Advocacy on Environmental Policy Leadership”
E.E. Schattschneider Award for the best dissertation in the field of American government
Recipient: Rachel Porter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title: “Some Politics Are Still Local: Strategic Position Taking in Congress & Elections”
Kenneth Sherrill Prize for the best dissertation proposal for an empirical study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) topics in political science
Recipient: Rachel O’Neal, University of Colorado Boulder
Title: “Hetero-cis-normativity”
Leo Strauss Award for the best dissertation in the field of political philosophy
Co-recipient: Sara Hassani, New School for Social Research
Title: “Cloistered Infernos: The Politics of Self-Immolation in the Persian Belt”
Co-recipient: Nazli Konya, Cornell University
Title: “The Inappropriable People of Gezi: Refusal, Protest, Desire”
Merze Tate Award for the best dissertation in the field of international relations, law, and politics
Recipient: D.G. Kim, University of California, San Diego
Title: “Anti-Asian Racism and the Racial Politics of U.S.-China Great Power Rivalry”
Leonard D. White Award for the best dissertation in the field of public administration
Recipient: Kaylyn Jackson Schiff, Emory University
Title: “The Digital Citizen: The Impact of Technology on Public Participation and Government Responsiveness”


APSA Best Poster Award for the best poster presented by a graduate student and/or early career scholar at the previous year’s APSA Annual Meeting
Recipient: Meiqing Zhang, University of Southern California
Title: “Moralized Social Media in the 2020 Presidential Election”
Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper presented at the previous year’s APSA Annual Meeting
Recipient: Shengqiao Lin, University of Texas at Austin
Title: “Addressing Risk by Doing Good: Business Responses to Policy Initiatives”
Heinz I. Eulau Award for best article published in the American Political Science Review and Perspectives on Politics in the previous calendar year
Recipient (APSR): Agustina Paglayan, University of California, San Diego
Title: “Education or Indoctrination? The Violent Origins of Public School Systems in an Era of State-Building.” Volume 116, Issue 4
Recipients (PoP): Jamilla Michener, Cornell University; Mallory SoRelle, Duke University; and Chloe Thurston, Northwestern University
Title: “From the Margins to the Center: A Bottom-Up Approach to Welfare State Scholarship.” Volume 20, Issue 1


Merze Tate – Elinor Ostrom Outstanding Book Award for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs
Recipient: Jacob Grumbach, University of Washington
Title: Laboratories against Democracy: How National Parties Transformed State Politics (Princeton University Press)
Ralph J. Bunche Award for the best scholarly work in political science that explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism
Recipient: Sally A. Nuamah, Northwestern University
Title: Closed for Democracy: How Mass School Closure Undermines the Citizenship of Black Americans (Cambridge University Press)
Robert A. Dahl Award for an untenured scholar who has produced scholarship of the highest quality on democracy
Recipient: Aram Hur, University of Missouri
Title: Narratives of Civic Duty (Cornell University Press)
Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the best book published during the previous calendar year in the field of U.S. national policy
Recipient: R. Douglas Arnold, Princeton University
Title: Fixing Social Security: The Politics of Reform in a Polarized Age (Princeton Universary Press)
Benjamin E. Lippincott Award for exceptional work by a living political theorist that is still considered significant after a time span of at least 15 years since the original publication
Recipient: Joan Tronto, University of Minnesota
Title: Moral Boundaries: A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care (Routledge)
APSA-IPSA Theodore J. Lowi First Book Award for the best first book in any field of political science, showing promise of having substantive impact on the overall discipline
Recipient: Fiona Shen-Bayh, The College of William and Mary
Title: Undue Process: Persecution and Punishment in Autocratic Courts (Cambridge University Press)
Victoria Schuck Award for the best book published on women and politics
Recipient: Ke Li, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Title: Marriage Unbound: State Law, Power, and Inequality in Contemporary China (Stanford University Press)


APSA Community College Faculty Award for excellence in teaching, mentoring, community engagement, governance, and/or research by a community college faculty member in the profession
Recipient: Anne Gillman, American River College
APSA Distinguished Award for Civic and Community Engagement for significant civic or community engagement activity by a political scientist which merges knowledge and practice and has an impact outside of the profession or the academy
Recipient: Rebecca Glazier, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
APSA Distinguished Teaching Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate and graduate teaching political science at two- or four-year institutions
Recipient: M. Brielle Harbin, United States Naval Academy
John Gaus Award for a career of exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration
Recipient: Daniel Carpenter, Harvard University
James Madison Award for an American political scientist who has made a distinguished scholarly contribution to political science.
Recipient: Theda Skocpol, Harvard University
Frank J. Goodnow Award for service to the community of political science by teachers, researchers, and public servants who work in the many fields of politics
Recipient: Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Ohio State University
Hubert H. Humphrey Award for notable public service by a political scientist
Recipient: Victor Cha, Georgetown University
Carey McWilliams Award for a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics
Recipient: Steve Lopez, The Los Angeles Times
Barbara Sinclair Lecture for achievement in promoting the understanding of the U.S. Congress and legislative politics
Recipient: Steven S. Smith, Washington University in St. Louis
Hanes Walton Jr. Award for a political scientist whose lifetime of distinguished scholarship has made significant contributions to our understanding of racial and ethnic politics and illuminates the conditions under which diversity and intergroup tolerance thrive in democratic societies.
Recipient: Vincent Hutchings, University of Michigan
APSA-PSA International Partnerships Award for political scientists engaged in collaborative and productive cross-national partnerships that make a significant contribution to the discipline in the areas of teaching, research, or civic engagement
Recipients: Dr Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, University of South Florida, and Larisa Patlis, Free University of Moldova

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