Excellence in scholarship recognized at annual meeting of political scientists

2006 APSA Award recipients announced

Washington, DC--Recognizing excellence in the profession and study of politics is a core activity of the American Political Science Association. To bring attention to exceptional scholarship, the Association has established a number of awards covering areas such as dissertations, research papers and articles, books, and career achievement. Through the years these awards have played an important role in contributing to the careers of their recipients, and have marked significant breakthroughs in research in the study of politics.

The 2006 awards were granted at the 102nd APSA Annual Meeting, which took place in Philadelphia from August 31-September 3. This year's recipients included:

Book Awards:

  • Lisa Garcia Bedolla (University of California, Berkeley) received the Ralph J. Bunche Award for the best scholarly work in political science published in the previous calendar year which explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism.

  • Suzanne B. Mettler (Syracuse University) and Jonas Pontusson (Princeton University) received the Victoria Schuck Award for the best book published in the previous calendar year on women and politics.

  • Philip E. Tetlock (University of California, Berkeley) received the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book published in the U.S. during the previous calendar year on government, politics, or international affairs (supported by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation).

Dissertation Awards:

  • Mathew Kocher (University of Chicago) received the Gabriel A Almond Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of comparative politics.

  • Joon Suk Kim (University of Chicago) received the William Anderson Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of state and local politics, federalism, or intergovernmental relations.

  • Justin Wert (University of Pennsylvania) received the Edward S. Corwin Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of public law.

  • Jonathon Ari Laurence (Harvard University) received the Harold D. Lasswell Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of policy studies (supported by the Policy Studies Organization).

  • Alexander B. Downes, (University of Chicago) received the Helen Dwight Reid Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of international relations, law and politics (supported by the Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation).

  • Robert W. Mickey (Harvard University) received the E.E. Schattschneider Award For the best doctoral dissertation in the field of American government.

  • Xavier Marquez (University of Notre Dame) received the Leo Strauss Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of political philosophy.

  • David Pitts (University of Georgia) received the Leonard D. White Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of public administration.

Paper and Article Awards include:

  • Jennifer Hochschild (Harvard University) and Susan Stokes (Yale University) received the Heinz Eulau Award for the best articles published in the American Political Science Review and Perspectives on Politics during the previous calendar year.
  • Dawn Brancati (Harvard University) received the Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper presented at the previous annual meeting.

Career Awards (for significant achievements related to political science):

  • Kenneth J. Meier (Texas A&M University) received the John Gaus Award to honor a lifetime of exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration and to recognize achievement and encourage scholarship in public administration.

  • William A. Galston (The Brookings Institution) received the Hubert H. Humphrey Award in recognition of notable public service by a political scientist.

  • Mark Danner (University of California, Berkeley) received the Carey McWilliams Award to honor a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.

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The American Political Science Association (est. 1903) is the leading professional organization for the study of politics and has over 14,000 members in 80 countries. For more news and information about political science research visit the APSA media website, www.politicalsciencenews.org.


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