Excellence in Political Science Celebrated in Chicago Next Week

Aug 22, 2013, 11:58 ET from American Political Science Association

2013 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting & Exhibition

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the American Political Science Association:

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The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce its 2013 awards for excellence in the study, teaching, and practice of politics. The awards will be presented at the 2013 APSA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, on Thursday, August 29, 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

APSA welcomes the press to the largest gathering of political scientists from around the world who will present their research at more than 800 panels, poster sessions, and other special events.   

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2013 American Political Science Association Awards


John Seery (Pomona College) will receive the APSA Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes the outstanding contributions to undergraduate and graduate teaching of political science at two- and four-year institutions. Seery's students, many of whom are now recognized political scientists or political theorists in their own right, speak of the transformative impact his teaching has had on their intellectual careers.  Read more>>

Arthur Lupia (University of Michigan) will receive the Ithiel de Sola Pool Award and Lectureship, which recognizes a scholar who, in the spirit of Professor de Sola Pool, explores the implications of research on issues of politics in a broad range of scholarship.  Professor Lupia truly captures a range of scholarship, nearly unparalleled in the discipline.  Lupia will deliver the Ithiel de Sola Pool Lecture at the APSA Annual Meeting on the topic, "What is the Public Value of Social Science? Critical Challenges for Researchers and Funders."  Read more>>

Robert Durant (American University) will receive the John Gaus Award and Lectureship, which recognizes a lifetime of exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration, and recognizes achievement and encourages scholarship in public administration.  Professor Durant's illustrious career spans more than 30 years.  Durant will deliver the Gaus Lecture at the APSA Annual Meeting on the topic, "Taking Time Seriously: Progressivism, the Business-Social Science Nexus, and the Paradox of American Administrative Reform."  Read more>>   

Susan E. Rice (former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, current National Security Advisor) will receive the Hubert H. Humphrey Award, which recognizes the notable public service by a political scientist. Ambassador Rice embodies the commitment to public service that the Humphrey Award was created to honor.  Read more>>

Charles Taylor (McGill Universitywill receive the Benjamin E. Lippincott Award, which honors a work of exceptional quality by a living political theorist that is still considered significant after a time span of at least 15 years since the original publication.  Professor Taylor's  Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity (Harvard University Press, 1990) remains a widely read, deeply influential, and probing examination of what is by any judgment an issue at the center of political theory – what does it mean to be a self?  Read more>>

Ezra Klein (The Washington Postwill receive the Carey McWilliams Award, which honors a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics. Since starting his first blog in 2003, Mr. Klein has become one of the most important and independently-minded journalists on the political scene.  Read more>>

Kathryn Sikkink (University of Minnesotawill receive the Charles Merriam Award, which recognizes a person whose published work and career represent a significant contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research. Throughout her career, Professor Sikkink has built bridges between academic scholarship and human rights practitioners, and as a teacher, she has mentored her students to lead impactful lives and do research that makes a positive difference in the world.  Read more>>


Lisa Garcia Bedolla (University of California, Berkeley) and Melissa Michelson (Menlo College), and Otto Santa Ana (University of California, Los Angeles) will receive the Ralph J. Bunche Award, which recognizes the best scholarly work in political science published in the previous calendar year that explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism. Garcia Bedolla's and Michelson's Mobilizing Inclusion is groundbreaking in demonstrating that sociocultural context matters to understand political behavior, particularly in low income ethnoracial communities.  This work is an outstanding example of combining theory and practical politics. Professor Santa Ana's Juan in a Hundred:  Representations of Latinos on the Network News is a sophisticated and detailed study of television news program and the myths that are created through distorted mass communication.  Read more>>

Betsy Sinclair (University of Chicago) will receive the Gladys M. Kammerer Award, which recognizes the best political science publication in the field of U.S. national policy published in the previous calendar year.  Professor Sinclair's The Social Citizen: Peer Networks and Political Behavior literally turns the field of political behavior on its head.  Read more>>

Mayra Marx Feree (University of Wisconsin) will receive the Victoria Schuck Award, which recognizes the best book published in the previous calendar year on women and politics.  Professor Feree's Varieties of Feminism:  German Gender Politics in Global Perspective deserves a wide readership not only because it contributes new knowledge about 20th-century feminist movements but also for its path breaking theoretical and methodological innovations.  Read more>>

Martin Gilens (Princeton University) will receive the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award, which recognizes the best book published in the U.S. during the previous calendar year on government, politics, or international affairs.  Professor Gilens's Affluence and Influence:  Economic Inequality and Political Power in America (Princeton University Press and the Russell Sage Foundation, 2012) presents a detailed and sophisticated analysis of the levels of support offered by poor, middle-class, and affluent citizens for policy initiatives proposed between 1981 and 2002. Read more>>


Toby Bolsen (Georgia State University), James N. Druckman (Northwestern University), and Fay Lomax Cook (Northwestern Universitywill receive the Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award, which recognizes the best paper presented at the previous year's annual meeting.  In "When and How Partisan Identification Works," the authors provide important insights into the nature of partisanship—one of the most important theoretical topics in political behavior.  Read more>>

Regina Bateson (Yale Universitywill receive the Heinz I. Eulau Award, which recognizes the best journal article published in the American Political Science Review during the previous calendar year.  Professor Bateson's article, "Crime Victimization and Political Participation" (APSR, Volume 106, Issue 03), is a striking paper in several significant respects, including the novel topic and the counterintuitive findings that the life crisis engendered by crime victimization actually contributes to greater political involvement.  Read more>>

Kathleen Bawn (University of California, Los Angeles), Martin Cohen (James Madison University), David Karol (University of Maryland, College Park), Seth Masket (University of Denver), Hans Noel (Georgetown University), and John Zaller (University of California, Los Angeles) will receive the Heinz I. Eulau Award, which recognizes  the best journal article published in Perspectives on Politics during the previous calendar year for their article.  "A Theory of Political Parties:  Groups, Policy Demands and Nominations in American Politics" is a "must-read" for scholars of American politics, and the theory it offers is broader in application, reaching beyond the United States, as well.  Read more>>


Evgeny Finkel (George Washington University) and Gwyneth McClendon (Harvard University) will share the Gabriel A. Almond Award, which recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in the field of comparative politics. Both Professor Finkel's "Victims' Politics:  Jewish Behavior during the Holocaust" and Professor McClendon's "The Politics of Envy and Esteem in Two Democracies," are superb examples of different paths to excellence in the field of comparative politics.  Read more>>

Clayton Nall (Stanford University) will receive the William Anderson Award, which recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in the field of state and local politics, federalism, or intergovernmental relations.  Professor Nall's, "The Road to Conflict:  How the American Highway System Divides Communities and Polarizes Politics" reveals how policies that change the spatial distribution of populations can have powerful effects on politics, the built environment, economic and social class development.  Read more>>

Ezequiel Gonzalez Ocantos (University of Notre Dame) will receive the Edward S. Corwin Award, which recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in the field of public law.  Professor Ocantos's "The Collapse of Impunity in Latin America:  Legal Culture, Strategic Litigation and Judicial Behavior" is a fascinating, theoretically innovated, and richly documented study about the development of human rights institutions and norms in Argentina and Peru. Read more>>

Nicholas Carnes (Duke University) will receive the Harold D. Lasswell Award, which recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in the field of policy studies.  Professor Carnes's "By the Upper Class, For the Upper Class? Representational Inequality and Economic Policymaking in the United States" is an extraordinary, well written dissertation. Read more>>

Aila Matanock (University of California, Berkeleywill receive the Helen Dwight Reid Award, which recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in the field of international relations, law and politics.  Professor Matanock's "International Insurance:  Why Militant Groups and Governments Compete with Ballots Instead of Bullets" argues persuasively that both governments and militant groups can use elections to bring in outsiders to guarantee outcomes, providing "insurance" for the commitments both parties make.  Read more>>

Jon Rogowski (Washington University of St. Louis) will receive the E. E. Schattschneider Award, which recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in the field of American government.  Professor Rogowski's "Representation and the Electoral Connection" pushes forward our understanding of the causes and consequences of legislative polarization through three outstanding papers.  Read more>>

Alin Fumurescu (Tulane University) will receive the Leo Strauss Award, which recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in the field of political philosophy.  In "Compromise and Representation:  A Split History of Early Modernity," Professor Fumurescu's treatment of the development of the concept of compromise in modern Western political thought is both obviously timely and strikingly original.  Read more>>    

Deondra E. Rose (University of Notre Dame) will receive the Leonard D. White Award, which recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in the field of public administration.   Rose's "The Development of U.S. Higher Education Policy and its Impact on the Gender Dynamics of American Citizenship," is impressive in its scope and depth, and it sheds new light on the dynamics of gender policies and their impact. Read more>>


Howard Silver (Consortium of Social Science Associationsand Michael Brintnall (American Political Science Association) will receive the Frank J. Goodnow Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the development of the political science profession and the building of the American Political Science Association.  Howard Silver has been executive director of the Consortium of Social Science Associations for 25 years and he has been central to COSSA's success in two major areas: 1) advocating for and trying to protect government funding for the social sciences; and 2) promoting the value of social science research to those both in and outside of government.  Michael Brintnall has been executive director of the American Political Science Association since 2002. In his first Executive Director's Report, he highlighted three areas he wanted to develop within the APSA: 1) improving support for teaching; 2) doing more to support and engage academic departments in APSA procedures; and 3) doing more in the international arena. Brintnall has done an incredible job in all three areas.  Read more>>


APSA also wishes to recognize Professor Brian M. Harward (Allegheny College), recipient of the CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation in Political Science that recognizes a political scientist who has developed an effective new approach to teaching in the discipline. Harward will be acknowledged at the APSA Reception Honoring Teaching on Friday, August 30, 2013, 7:30 PM-9:00 p.m. Read more>>


More than 100 organized section awards are given annually to honor dissertations, papers, articles, books and career achievement. The list of these 2013 award winners is available here.

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About the American Political Science Association

Founded in 1903, the American Political Science Association is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in more than 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments, and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe to expand awareness and understanding of politics.

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