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Women and Politics Research Section Award Recipients


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Best Dissertation Prize
The Best Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation on women and politics completed and accepted in the previous year.


2016  Dawn Teele, Yale University (Ph.D); University of Pennsylvania (assistant professor)
The Logic of Women’s Enfranchisement: A Comparative Study of the United States, France, and the United Kingdom." Yale University, 2015 
2016  Honorable Mention
Hürcan Asli Aksoy, University of Tübingen
Engendering Democracy in Turkey: Participation and Inclusion of Women’s Civil Society Organizations under AKP Rule.” University of Tübingen, 2015 
2015  Mona Tajali, Concordia University
“Demanding a Seat at the Table: Iranian and Turkish Women’s Organizing for Political Representation” 
2015  Honorable Mention
Shauna Lani Shames, Harvard University
“The Rational Non-Candidate: A Theory of (Uneven) Candidate Deterrence” 
2014 Cheryl O'Brien, Purdue University
"Beyond the National: Transnational Influences on (Subnational) State Policy Responsiveness to an International Norm on Violence Against Women"
2013 Diana O'Brien, University of Southern California
"When Women Matter: The Relationship Between Women's Numeric and Policy Representation in Western European States"
2012 Jennifer Piscopo, Salem College
Do Women Represent Women? Gender and Policy in Argentina and Mexico (completed at the University of California, San Diego; advised by Peter H. Smith)
2012 Honorable Mention
Valerie Hennings, Iowa State University
Civic Selves: Gender, Candidate Training Programs, and Envisioning Political Participation
2011 Dara Cohen, University of Minnesota
"Explaining Sexual Violence During Civil War"
2011 Rosanne Kennedy, Union Institute and University of Cincinnati Ohio
"Rousseau and the Perversion of Gender"
2010 Samantha Majic, John Jay College
"Protect By Other Means? Sex Workers, Social Movement Evolution, and the Political Possibilities of Nonprofit Service Provision
2009 Melanie Hughes, University of Pittsburgh
"Politics at the Intersection: A Cross-National Analysis of Minority Women's Legislative Representation"
2006 Kate Bedford, Rutgers University
"The World Bank's Employment Programs in Ecuador and Beyond: Empowering Women, Domesticating Men, and Resolving the Social Reproduction Dilemma"
2006 Honorable Mention
Mona Lena Krook, Columbia University
"Politicizing Representation: Campaigns for Candidate Gender Quotas Worldwide"
2005 Carisa Showden, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
"Mythologies of Choice: The Politics of Domestic Violence and Alternative Reproduction"
2004 Leslie Schwindt-Bayer, University of Arizona
"Legislative Representation in Latin America: A Comparative Study of Descriptive, Substantive, and Symbolic Representation of Women" (Supervisor: Brian F. Crisp)
2004 Sarah Song, Yale University
"Culture, Gender, and Equality" (Supervisor: Rogers M. Smith)
2003 Jennifer Disney, Winthrop University
The Theories and Practices of Women's Organizing: Marxism, Feminism, Democratization and Civil Society in Mozambique and Nicaragua.
2002 Wendy Smooth, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
"African American Women State Legislators: The Impact of Gender and Race on Legislative Influence."
2001 Kimberly Morgan, Princeton University
"Whose Hand Rocks the Cradle? The Politics of Child Care Policy in Advanced Industrialized States"
2000 Mala Htun, Harvard University
"Private Lives, Public Policies: Divorce, Abortion, and Family Equality in Latin America."
1999 Michele Berger, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
"Workable Sisterhood: A Study of the Political Participation of Stigmatized Women with HIV/AIDS"
1997 Lorraine Bayard de Volo, Whitman College
"Heroes, Martyrs, and Mothers: Maternity Identity Politics in Revolutionary Nicaragua"
1996 Anna Harvey, Princeton University
"The Legacy of Disenfranchisement: Women in Electoral Politics, 1917 - 1932"
1996 Cindy Rosenthal, University of Oklahoma
"Women's Ways of Political Leadership: A Cross-Jurisdictional Study of State Legislative Committee Chairs"
1995 Robin LeBlanc, Oglethorpe University
"Homeless as Citizens: The Political World of the Japanese Housewife"
1994 Joanna Goven, University of California, Berkeley
"The Gendered Foundations of Hungarian Socialism: State, Society and the Anti-Politics of Anti-Feminism, 1948-1990" (University of California, Berkeley)
1993 Beth Reingold, Emory University
"Representing Women Gender Difference among Arizona and California State Legislators" (University of California, Berkeley)

Best Paper Award
The Best Paper Award presented for the best paper presented at the previous year’s annual meeting in the field of women and politics.


2016  Sarah Bush, Temple University
“How Gender Stereotypes Can Increase Engagement with Female Officeholders: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Tunisia” 
2016  Lauren Prather, University of California, San Diego
“How Gender Stereotypes Can Increase Engagement with Female Officeholders: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Tunisia” 
2016  Honorable Mention
Abigail S. Post, University of Virginia
“A Woman in a Man’s World: A Gendered Understanding of Crisis Bargaining” 
2016  Honorable Mention
Paromita Sen, University of Virginia
“A Woman in a Man’s World: A Gendered Understanding of Crisis Bargaining” 
2015  Mona Lena Krook, Rutgers University
“Mapping Violence Against Women in Politics: Aggression, Harassment, and Discrimination Against Female Politicians” 
2015  Juliana Sanin, Rutgers University
“Mapping Violence Against Women in Politics: Aggression, Harassment, and Discrimination Against Female Politicians” 
2014 Monica Schneider, Miami University; Mirya Holman, Florida Atlantic University; Amanda Diekman, Miami University; Thomas McAndrew, Miami University
"Power, Conflict, and Community: How Gendered Views of Political Power Influence Women’s Political Ambition."
2014 Karen Celis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Petra Meier, University of Antwerp; Eline Severs, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
"Determining the Quality of Women’s Substantive Representation: A Study of Muslem Women’s Voice and Influence in the Belgian Headscarf Debate."
2013 Beth Reingold, Emory University
Representing Women's Interests and Intersections of Gender, Race and Ethnicity in U.S. State Legislatures
2013 Kerry Haynie, Duke University
"Representing Women's Interests and Intersections of Gender, Race and Ethnicity in U.S. State Legislatures"
2013 Honorable Mention
Rainbow Murray, Queen Mary, University of London
Quotas for Men? Reframing Gender Quotas as a Means of Quality Control
2012 Eléonore Lépinard, University of Montreal
Doing Intersectionality: Varieties of Feminist Practices in France and Canada
2010 Celia Valiente, Universidad Carlos II de Madrid, Spain
"Political Regimes Matter in 'Abeyance' Times: Feminist Organizing in Franco's Spain (1930-1975)"
2007 Mala Htun, New School for Social Research
"When and Why Do Governments Promote Women's Rights?: Toward a Comparative Politics of States and Sex Equality"
2007 S. Laurel Weldon, Purdue University
"When and Why Do Governments Promote Women's Rights?: Toward a Comparative Politics of States and Sex Equality"
2006 Laura Sjoberg, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
"Gendering the Power of Immunity: Empathetic War-Fighting and Jus in Bellow"
2005 S. Laurel Weldon, Purdue University
Inclusion, Solidarity and Transnational Social Movements: The Global Movement Against Gender Violence
2005 Liesl Haas, California State University, Long Beach
Intergovernmental relations and feminist policy makings: A case study of domestic violence in Chile
2004 Marie Brichner, University of Washington, Seattle
"Paid Work, Family and the State: Congressional Proposals to Regulate the Relationship between Home and Work, 1945-1990"
2004 Ann Towns, University of Minnesota
"Women Governing for Modernity: International Hierarchy and Legislature Sex Quotas" (Presented at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association)
2003 J. Shoshanna Ehrlich, University of Massachusetts, Boston
"Grounded in the Reality of their Lives"
2003 Carol Hardy-Fanta, University of Massachusetts, Boston
"Grounded in the Reality of their Lives"
2002 Eileen McDonagh, Northeastern University
"Political Citizenship and Democratization: The Gender Paradox."
2001 Kimberly Morgan, Princeton University
"Women and the Two-Tiered Politics of Social and Political Citizenship in Europe"
2000 Margaret Moore, University of Waterloo
"The Ethics of Care and Justice," in Women and Politics 20(2): 1-16 (April 1999)
1999 Leonie Huddy, University at Stony Brook
"The Social Nature of Political Identity: Feminist Image and Feminist Identity"
1998 Gretchen Ritter, University of Texas, Austin
"Regendering Citizenship after the Second World War."
1997 Elisabeth Friedman, Stanford University
"Paradoxes of Party Politics: The Impact of Gendered Institutions on Women’s Incorporation in Latin American Democratization"
1996 Anna Harvey, New York University
"Women, Party and Policy: A Rational Choice Approach"
1995 Mary Dietz, University of Minnesota
"Feminist Receptions of Hanna Arendt or how the Analytical Category of Gender Does Injustice to the Theory of Politics"
1995 Carole Kennedy, University of California, Riverside
"Participation and Leadership in Committee Decision-Making: An Experimental Approach to Exploring Gender Differences"
1995 Lisa Young, University of Calgary
"Social Movements and Political Parties: A Comparison of the Canadian and American Women's Movements, 1970-1993"
1994 Eileen McDonagh, Northeastern University
"Abortion Rights Alchemy and the U.S. Supreme Court"
1993 Paul Burstein, University of Washington
"Paid Work, Family and the State: Congressional Proposals to Regulate the Relationship Between Home and Work, 1945-1990"
1993 Rachel Einwohner, University of Washington
Paid Work, Family and the State: Congressional Proposals to Regulate the Relationship Between Home and Work, 1945-1990
1993 Aili Tripp, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"Gender, Political Participation, and the Transformation of Associational Life in Uganda and Tanzania"
1992 Janet Boles, Marquette University
"Local Elected Women and Policy Making: Movement Delegates or Feminist Trustees"
1992 Sonia Kruks, Oberlin College
"Gender and Subjectivity: Simone de Beauvoir and Contemporary Feminism"
1991 Christine Di Stefano, University of Washington
"Rethinking Autonomy"
1990 Susan Welch, University of Nebraska
"Multimember Districts and the Representation of Women"

The Okin-Young Award in Feminist Political Theory
The Okin-Young Award in Feminist Political Theory, co-sponsored by Women and Politics, Foundations of Political Theory, and the Women’s Caucus for Political Science, commemorates the scholarly, mentoring, and professional contributions of Susan Moller Okin and Iris Marion Young to the development of the field of feminist political theory. This annual award recognizes the best paper on feminist political theory published in an English language academic journal during the previous calendar year.


2016  Jakeet Singh, Illinois State University
"Religious Agency and the Limits of Intersectionality.” Hypatia, Volume 30, Issue 4, pages 657–674, Fall 2015 
2014 Eileen Botting, University of Notre Dame
"Making an American Feminist Icon: Mary Wollstonecraft's Reception in U.S. Newspapers, 1800-1869" (History of Political Thought, 2013)
2013 Lori Marso, Union College
"Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt: Judgments in Dark Times" Political Theory 40(2): 165-193
2012 Bonnie Honig, Northwestern University
Ismene's Forced Choice: Sacrifice and Sorority in Sophocles' Antigone (Arethusa. 44(1))
2011 Jennifer Einspahr, Kalamazoo College
"Structural Domination and Structural Freedom: A Feminist Perspective,"
2010 Ann Towns, University of Delaware
"The Status of Women as a Standard of "Civilization"
2009 Kathy Ferguson, University of Hawaii
"Discourses of Danger: Locating Emma Goldman" Political Theory 36 (5) 735-761"
2009 C. Heike Schotten, University of Massachusetts, Boston
"Nietzche/Pentheus: The Last Disciple of Dionysus and Queer Fear o the Feminine." Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 19 (3) 90-125
2007 Stephen Leonard, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"The Genders of Citizenship" (American Political Science Review)
2007 Joan Tronto, CUNY, Hunter College
"The Genders of Citizenship" (American Political Science Review)
2007 Tamara Metz, Reed College
"The Liberal Case for Disestablishing Marriage" (Contemporary Political Theory)

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