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Best Journal Article Award

The award recognizes the best journal article on U.S. state politics or policy published during the previous calendar year in any peer-reviewed journal (book reviews, review essays, and chapters published in edited volumes are not eligible).


2016  Frederick J. Boehmke, University of Iowa
"Pivotal Politics and Initiative Use in the American State." Political Research Quarterly, 2015, 68(4): 665-677 
2016  Tracy L. Osborn, University of Iowa
"Pivotal Politics and Initiative Use in the American State." Political Research Quarterly, 2015, 68(4): 665-677 
2016  Emily U. Schilling, University of Tennessee
"Pivotal Politics and Initiative Use in the American State." Political Research Quarterly, 2015, 68(4): 665-677 
2015  Eric McGhee, Public Policy Institute of California
"A Primary Cause of Partnership? Nomination Systems and Legislator Ideology." AJPS 2014. 
2015  Seth Masket, University of Denver
"A Primary Cause of Partnership? Nomination Systems and Legislator Ideology." AJPS 2014. 
2015  Boris Shor, Georgetown University
"A Primary Cause of Partnership? Nomination Systems and Legislator Ideology." AJPS 2014. 
2015 Steven Rogers, Saint Louis University
"A Primary Cause of Partnership? Nomination Systems and Legislator Ideology." AJPS 2014. 
2015  Nolan McCarty, Princeton University
"A Primary Cause of Partnership? Nomination Systems and Legislator Ideology." AJPS 2014. 
2015  Barry Burden, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Election Laws, Mobilization, and Turnout: The Unintended Consequences of Electoral Reform." AJPS 2014.  
2015  David Canon, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Election Laws, Mobilization, and Turnout: The Unintended Consequences of Electoral Reform." AJPS 2014.  
2015  Ken Mayer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Election Laws, Mobilization, and Turnout: The Unintended Consequences of Electoral Reform." AJPS 2014.  
2015  Don Moynihan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Election Laws, Mobilization, and Turnout: The Unintended Consequences of Electoral Reform." AJPS 2014. 
2014 Elizabeth Rigby, George Washington University
"Political Parties and Representation of the Poor in the American States." (American Journal of Political Science, 57 (2013), 552-54)
2014 Gerald Wright, Indiana University, Bloomington
"Political Parties and Representation of the Poor in the American States." (American Journal of Political Science, 57 (2013), 552-54)

Best Paper Award
The Best Paper Award is given for the best paper on state politics given at the previous year’s APSA Annual Meeting.


2015  Devin Caughey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Dynamic Representation in the American States, 1960-2012"  
2015  Christopher Warshaw, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Dynamic Representation in the American States, 1960-2012"
2014 Gerald Gamm, University of Rochester
"Contingent Partisanship: When Party Labels Matter- and When They Don't- in the Distribution of Pork in American State Legislators"
2014 Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego
"Contingent Partisanship: When Party Labels Matter- and When They Don't- in the Distribution of Pork in American State Legislators"
2014 Gerald Gamm, University of Rochester
"Contigent Partisanship: When party Labels Matter - and When They Don’t't - in the Distribution of Pork in American State Legislators"
2013 Michael Herron, Dartmouth College
"Getting Your Souls to the Polls: The Racial Impact of Reducing Early In-Person Voting in Florida"
2013 Daniel Smith, University of Florida
"Getting Your Souls to the Polls: The Racial Impact of Reducing Early In-Person Voting in Florida."
2012  William Franko, Auburn University
"Income Inequality" 
2012  Loren Collingwood, University of California, Riverside
"The Pursuit of Victory and Incorporation: Elite Strategy, Group Pressure, and Cross Racial Mobilization" 
2012 Seth Masket, University of Denver
"Polarization without Parties: The Rise of Legislative Partisanship in Nebraska’s Unicameral Legislature"
2012 Boris Shor, University of California, Berkeley
"Polarization without Parties: The Rise of Legislative Partisanship in Nebraska’s Unicameral Legislature"
2011  Stephen Yoder, University of Maryland
"With a Little Help from Our Feds: Understanding State/Federal Cooperation on Immigration Enforcement" 
2011  Heather Creek, University of Maryland
"With a Little Help from Our Feds: Understanding State/Federal Cooperation on Immigration Enforcement" 
2011 Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego
"The Roots of Executive Power"
2011 Justin Phillips, Columbia University
"The Roots of Executive Power"
2010  Julianna Pacheco, Pennsylvania State University
"Thermostatic Policy Responsiveness in the Fifty States" 
2010 Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan
"Why State Constitutions Differ in the Treatment of Same-Sex Marriage"
2010 Yanna Krupnikov, University of Michigan
"Why State Constitutions Differ in the Treatment of Same-Sex Marriage"
2010 Adam Levine, University of Michigan
"Why State Constitutions Differ in the Treatment of Same-Sex Marriage"
2010 Spencer Piston, University of Michigan
"Why State Constitutions Differ in the Treatment of Same-Sex Marriage"
2010 Alexander Von Hagen-Jamar, University of Michigan
"Why State Constitutions Differ in the Treatment of Same-Sex Marriage"
2009  Todd Makse, Ohio State University
"Winning's Half the Battle: How Parties Finanace State Legislative Candidates in Post Redistricting Election" 
2009 Rosemary Taylor, Tufts University
"The Social Sources of The Gradient: A Cross-National Analysis of the Pathways Linking Social Class to Population Health"
2009 Teena Wilhelm, Unversity of Georgia
"To Join or Not to Join the Chief Justice: Associate Justices and Separate Opinion Behavior"
2006 Daniel Smith, University of Florida
"Do State-Level Ballot Measures Affect Presidential Elections? Gay Marriage and the 2004 Election"
2006 Caroline Tolbert, Kent State University
"Do State-Level Ballot Measures Affect Presidential Elections? Gay Marriage and the 2004 Election"
2006 Todd Donovan, Western Washington University
"Do State-Level Ballot Measures Affect Presidential Elections? Gay Marriage and the 2004 Election"
2003  Seth Masket, University of California-Los Angeles
"Building Better Partisans: What California's Experience with Cross-Filing Teaches Us About Party Politics" 
2003 Virginia Gray, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
" Sisyphus Meets the Borg: Understanding the Diversity of Interest Communities"
2003 Matthew Fellowes, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"Sisyphus Meets the Borg: Understanding the Diversity of Interest Communities"
2003 David Lowery, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
"Sisyphus Meets the Borg: Understanding the Diversity of Interest Communities"
2002 Michael Bernhard, Pennsylvania State University
"Democratization in Germany: A Reappraisal"
2001  Thomas Rudolph, University of Minnesota
"Divided Government and Fiscal Policy in the American States" 
2001 Lael Keiser, University of Missouri at Columbia
"State Governments, Vertical Transfer, and the Implementation of Public Policy"
2000 Paul Brace, Rice University
"Public Opinion in the American States"
2000 Craig Arceneaux, Rice University
"Public Opinion in the American States"
2000 Martin Johnson, Rice University
"Public Opinion in the American States"
1999 Michael Mintrom, Michigan University
"Local Organization as Sites for Deliberative Democracy--Learning from Charter Schools"
1998 William Berry, Florida State University
"Reassessing the 'Race to the Bottom' Thesis: A Spatial Dependence Model of State Welfare Policy"
1998 Richard Fording, University of Kentucky
"Reassessing the 'Race to the Bottom' Thesis: A Spatial Dependence Model of State Welfare Policy"
1998 Russell Hanson, Indiana University, Bloomington
"Reassessing the 'Race to the Bottom' Thesis: A Spatial Dependence Model of State Welfare Policy"
1997 Randall Partin, University of Colorado
"Campaign Intensity and Voter Information: A Look at Gubernatorial Contests"
1996 Keith Hamm, Rice University
"The Development of Committee Specialization in State Legislatures"
1996 Ronald Hedlund, University of Rhode Island
"The Development of Committee Specialization in State Legislatures"
1995 Paul Brace, Florida State University
"Tax Changes and Economic Performance in the American States"
1994 Kim Hill, Texas A&M University
"Lower Class Mobilization and Redistributive Policy: A Longitudinal Analysis"
1994 Jan Leighley, Texas A&M University
"Lower Class Mobilization and Redistributive Policy: A Longitudinal Analysis"
1994 Angela Andersson, Texas A&M University
"Lower Class Mobilization and Redistributive Policy: A Longitudinal Analysis"
1993 Robert Brown, University of Mississippi

Career Achievement Award
The Career Achievement Award given every biennium to a political scientist who has made a significant lifetime contribution to the study of politics and public policies in the American states.


2016  Melinda Gann Hall, Michigan State University 
2014 Richard Winters, Dartmouth College
2013 David Lowery, Pennsylvania State University
2012 Christopher Mooney, University of Illinois, Springfield
2011 Gerald Wright, Indiana University, Bloomington
2010 Kenneth Meier, Texas A&M University
2009 Ronald Weber
2007 Virginia Gray, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2003 Malcolm Jewell, University of Kentucky
2001 Sarah Morehouse, University of Connecticut
1999 Thomas Dye, Florida State University

Christopher Mooney Dissertation Award
This award is given for the best dissertation in american state politics and policy completed during the previous calendar year.


2016  Chidambaram Parinandi (directed by Jenna Bednar and Charles Shipan), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
"Devolution and Policy Experimentation under Federalism: Essays on Innovation and Emulation in the American States." 
2015  Jaclyn J. Kettler, Boise State University (Ph.D., Rice University)
"The Right to Party (Resources): Political Party Networks and Candidate Success." Rice University 2014. 
2014 Julianna Koch, Cornell University
"States of Inequality: Government Partisanship, Public Policies, and Income Disparity in the American States, 1970-2005"
2014 Steven Rogers, Princeton University
"Accountability in a Federal System"
2013 Daniel Biggers, Yale University
2013 Jeffrey Harden, University of Colorado Boulder
2012 Jason Windett, Saint Louis University (Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Understanding Female Candidates and Campaigns for Governor
2011 Julianna Pacheco, Pennsylvania State University Iowa (Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University)
Dynamic Public Opinion and Policy Responsiveness in the American States
2010 Nicole Kazee, University of Illinois, Chicago (Ph.D. Yale University)
"Wal-Mart Welfare: Business, Fiscal Regimes, and the Politics of Health Policy in the American States,"

Mac Jewell Enduring Contribution Book Award
To be awarded every three years to a political science book on the subject of U.S. state politics or policy published at least 10 years prior to the award being bestowed that stands as an enduring contribution to the literature. Such books would be those classic works frequently assigned in graduate seminars, typically found on the bookshelves of state politics scholars, and that have been crucial in setting the direction of scholarship the field since their publication.


2014 Robert Erikson, Columbia University
Statehouse Democracy: Public Opinion and Policy in the American States (Cambridge University Press, 1993)
2014 Gerald Wright, Indiana University, Bloomington
Statehouse Democracy: Public Opinion and Policy in the American States (Cambridge University Press, 1993)
2014 John McIver, University of Colorado, Boulder
Statehouse Democracy: Public Opinion and Policy in the American States (Cambridge University Press, 1993)

State Politics and Policy Quarterly (SPPQ) Best Paper Award
The State Politics and Policy Award is given for the best paper on state politics and policy presented at any professional meeting in the previous calendar year.


2016  Mona Vakilifathi, University of California, San Diego
Constraining Bureaucrats Today Knowing You’ll Be Gone Tomorrow: The Effect of Legislative Term Limits on Statutory Discretion.” 
2015  Graeme T. Boushey, University of California, Irvine
"Experts, Amateurs, and Bureaucratic Influence in the American States." Presented at the 2014 APSA annual meeting and the 2014 MPSA annual meeting.  
2015  Robert J. McGrath, University of Michigan & George Mason University
"Experts, Amateurs, and Bureaucratic Influence in the American States." Presented at the 2014 APSA annual meeting and the 2014 MPSA annual meeting. 
2014 James Monogan III, University of Georgia
"Gone with the Wind: Federalism and the Strategic Placement of Air Polluters." Presented at the 2013 State Politics and Policy Conference
2014 Neal Woods, University of South Carolina
"Gone with the Wind: Federalism and the Strategic Placement of Air Polluters." Presented at the 2013 State Politics and Policy Conference
2014 David Konisky, Georgetown University
"Gone with the Wind: Federalism and the Strategic Placement of Air Polluters." Presented at the 2013 State Politics and Policy Conference
2013 Christopher Mooney, University of Illinois
"Legislative Thinking: Responsibility, Motivation, and Cognitive Complexity in U.S.Statehouses"
2012 Melinda Gann Hall, Michigan State University
“Democratic Initiatives in State Supreme Courts: Judicial Behavior in the Terminal Term
2011 Michael Berkman, Pennsylvania State University
"Multi-Level Policy Responsiveness to Public Opinion: From Statehouse to Street-Level"
2011 Eric Plutzer, Pennsylvania State University
"Multi-Level Policy Responsiveness to Public Opinion: From Statehouse to Street-Level"
2010 Jeffrey Lax, Columbia University
"Explaining Democratic Performance in the States"
2010 Justin Phillips, Columbia University
"Explaining Democratic Performance in the States"
2006 Gary Cox, University of California, San Diego
"What Polarizes Parties? Preferences and Agenda Control in American State Legislatures"
2006 Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego
"What Polarizes Parties? Preferences and Agenda Control in American State Legislatures"
2006 Mathew McCubbins, University of California, San Diego
"What Polarizes Parties? Preferences and Agenda Control in American State Legislatures"
2003 Raymond Wolfinger, University of Calfornia- Berkeley
"Between Registering and Voting: How State Laws Affect Voter Turnout of Young Registrants"
2003 Ben Highton, University of California, Davis
"Between Registering and Voting: How State Laws Affect Voter Turnout of Young Registrants"
2003 Megan Mullin, University of California, Berkeley
"Between Registering and Voting: How State Laws Affect Voter Turnout of Young Registrants"

Virginia Gray Best Book Award
To be awarded annually to the best political science book published on the subject of U.S. state politics or policy in the preceding three calendar years. Thus, books would be eligible to be considered for the award for three years. E.g., for the 2014 award, books published in 2011-13 would be eligible for nomination.


2016  Christopher W. Bonneau, University of Pittsburgh
Voters' Verdicts: Citizens, Campaigns, and Institutions in State Supreme Court Elections. University of Virginia Press. 
2016  Damon M. Cann, Utah State University
Voters' Verdicts: Citizens, Campaigns, and Institutions in State Supreme Court Elections. University of Virginia Press. 
2016  Ray La Raja, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail. University of Michigan Press. 
2016  Brian Schaffner, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail. University of Michigan Press. 
2015  Sarah F. Anzia, University of California, Berkeley
Timing and Turnout: How Off-Cycle Elections Favor Organized Interests. The University of Chicago Press, 2014. 
2014 Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego
The Power of American Governors: Winning on Budget and Losing on Policy (University of Cambridge Press, 2012)
2014 Justin Phillips, Columbia University
The Power of American Governors: Winning on Budget and Losing on Policy (University of Cambridge Press, 2012)
2014 Lynda Powell, Dartmouth College
The Influence of Campaign Contributions in State Legislators: The Effects of Institutions and Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2012)

Christopher Warshaw, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Dynamic Representation in the American States, 1960-2012" 
Christopher Warshaw, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Dynamic Representation in the American States, 1960-2012" 
Christopher Warshaw, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Dynamic Representation in the American States, 1960-2012" 
Heather Creek, University of Maryland
"With a Little Help from Our Feds: Understanding State/Federal Cooperation on Immigration Enforcement"
Seth Masket, University of California-Los Angeles
"Building Better Partisans: What California's Experience with Cross-Filing Teaches Us About Party Politics"
Seth Masket, University of California-Los Angeles
"Building Better Partisans: What California's Experience with Cross-Filing Teaches Us About Party Politics"
Seth Masket, University of California-Los Angeles
"Building Better Partisans: What California's Experience with Cross-Filing Teaches Us About Party Politics"
Thomas Rudolph, University of Minnesota
"Divided Government and Fiscal Policy in the American States"
Thomas Rudolph, University of Minnesota
"Divided Government and Fiscal Policy in the American States"
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