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American Political Science Association announces 2010 awards

Grant and Award Announcement

American Political Science Association

Washington, DC—The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce its 2010 awards for excellence in the study, teaching, and practice of politics. The awards will be presented at the 2010 APSA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on Thursday, September 2 at 12:45pm in the Palladian Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Career Awards

Steven J. Kelman (Harvard University) will receive the John Gaus Award and Lectureship 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.

General David Petraeus will receive the Hubert H. Humphrey Award in recognition of notable public service by a political scientist.

Charles E. Cook Jr (The Cook Political Report) and Andrew Kohut (The Pew Research Center) will jointly receive the Carey McWilliams Award to honor a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.

Kristen Renwick Monroe (University of California, Irvine) will receive the Ithiel de Sola Pool Award and Lectureship, given to a scholar selected to present a lecture exploring the implications of research on issues of politics in a broad range of scholarship pursued by Ithiel de Sola Pool. The award is given triennially.

Book Awards

The Ralph J. Bunche Award is awarded for the best scholarly work in political science published in the previous calendar year that explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism. The 2010 recipient is Christopher S. Parker (University of Washington) for Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South (Princeton University Press).

The Gladys M. Kammerer Award is awarded for the best political science publication in the field of U.S. national policy. The 2010 joint recipients are Margot Canaday (Princeton University) for The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America (Princeton University Press) and Anthony S. Chen (Northwestern University) for The Fifth Freedom: Jobs, Politics, and Civil Rights in the United States, 1941-1972 (Princeton University Press).

The Victoria Schuck Award is awarded for the best book published in the previous calendar year on women and politics. The 2010 recipient is Mona Lena Krook (Washington University, St. Louis) for Quotas for Women in Politics: Gender and Candidate Selection Reform Worldwide (Oxford University Press).

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award is awarded for the best book published in the U.S. during the previous calendar year on government, politics, or international affairs. The award is supported by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. The 2010 recipient is Beth A. Simmons (Harvard University) for Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics (Cambridge University Press).

Paper and Journal Article Awards

The Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award is awarded annually for the best paper presented at the previous year's annual meeting. The 2010 award co-recipients are Thomas B. Pepinsky (Cornell University), R. William Liddle (Ohio State University), and Saiful Mujani (Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University) for "Testing Islam's Political Advantage: Evidence from Indonesia" and Ben B. Hansen (University of Michigan) and Jake Bowers (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) for "Attributing Effects to a Cluster Randomized Get-Out-The-Vote Campaign."

The Heinz I. Eulau Award is awarded for the best journal articles published in American Political Science Review and Perspectives on Politics during the previous calendar year. The 2010 APSR award recipients are Elizabeth Levy Paluck (Princeton University) and Donald P. Green (Yale University) for "Deference, Dissent, and Dispute Resolution: An Experimental Intervention Using Mass Media to Change Norms and Behavior in Rwanda" (APSR, Volume 103, Issue 04). The 2010 Perspectives on Politics award recipients are John Ishiyama (University of North Texas) and Marijke Breuning (University of North Texas) for "The Politics of Intercountry Adoption: Explaining Variation in the Legal Requirements of Sub-Saharan African Countries" (Perspectives on Politics, Volume 07, Issue 01).

Dissertation Awards

Tariq Thachil (Cornell University) and Maya Tudor (Princeton University) will jointly receive the Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of comparative politics. Thachil's dissertation is entitled "The Saffron Wave Meets the Silent Revolution: Why the Poor Vote for Hindu Nationalism in India." Tudor's dissertation is entitled "Twin Births, Divergent Democracies: the Social and Institutional Origins of Regime Outcomes in India and Pakistan, 1920-1958."

Zachary Callen (Carroll College) will receive the William Anderson Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of state and local politics, federalism, or intergovernmental relations. His dissertation is entitled "The Seams of the State: Infrastructure and Intergovernmental Relations in American State Building."

Patrick Peel (Johns Hopkins University) will receive the Edward S. Corwin Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of public law. His dissertation is entitled "Building Judicial Capacity in the Early American State: Legal Populism, County Courts, and Credit, 1645-1860."

Karen Long Jusko (Stanford University) will receive the Harold D. Lasswell Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of policy studies. This award is supported by the Policy Studies Organization. Her dissertation is entitled "The Political Representation of the Poor."

Stephen Craig Nelson (Northwestern University) will receive the Helen Dwight Reid Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of international relations, law and politics. His dissertation is entitled "Creating Credibility: the International Monetary Fund and the Neoliberal Revolution in the Developing World."

Corwin D. Smidt (Michigan State University) will receive the E. E. Schattschneider Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of American government. His dissertation is entitled "The Spinning Message: How New Media Coverage and Voter Persuasion Shape Campaign Agendas."

Joseph Mazor (Stanford University) will receive the Leo Strauss Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of political philosophy. His dissertation is entitled "A Liberal Theory of Natural Resource Property Rights."

Mikhail Pryadilnikov (Harvard University) will receive the Leonard D. White Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of public administration. This award is supported by the University of Chicago. His dissertation is entitled "The State and Markets in Russia: Understanding the Development of Bureaucratic Implementation Capacities through the Study of Regulatory Reform, 2001-2008."

Goodnow Award

Martha Ackelsberg (Smith College), Kristen Renwick Monroe (University of California, Irvine), and Rogers M. Smith (University of Pennsylvania) will jointly receive the Frank J. Goodnow Award to honor contributions to the development of the political science profession and the building of the American Political Science Association.

CQ Press Award

APSA also wishes to recognize Jerry Goldman (Northwestern University), the recipient of the CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation in Political Science, which will be presented at the APSA Reception Honoring Teaching on Friday, September 3 at 7:00pm in room Wilson A of the Marriott Wardman Park.


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