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Alan Rosenthal Prize
In the spirit of Alan Rosenthal's work, this prize is dedicated to encouraging young scholars to study questions that are of importance to legislators and legislative staff and to conduct research that has the potential application to strengthening the practice of representative democracy.

2017

Tiffany D. Barnes, University of Kentucky
Gendering Legislative Behavior. Cambridge University Press, 2016.

2016

James M. Curry, University of Utah
Legislating in the Dark. University of Chicago Press, 2015.

2015

Gisela Sin, University of Illinois
Separation of Powers and Legislative Organization. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

2014

Nicholas Carnes, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making. University of Chicago Press, 2013

2013

Kristin Kanthak, University of Pittsburgh
The Diversity Paradox: Political Parties, Legislatures, and the Organizational Foundations of Representation in America (Oxford University Press)
George Krause, University of Pittsburgh
The Diversity Paradox: Political Parties, Legislatures, and the Organizational Foundations of Representation in America (Oxford University Press)

2012

Vineeta Yadav, Pennsylvania State University
Political Parties, Business Groups, and Corruption in Developing Countries (Oxford University Press, 2011)

2011

Kristina Miler, University of Maryland, College Park
Constituency Representation in Congress

2010

David Parker, Montana State University
"Making a Good Impression: Resource Allocation, Home Styles and Washington Work."
Craig Goodman, Texas Tech University
"Making a Good Impression: Resource Allocation, Home Styles and Washington Work"

2009

Christopher Berry, University of Chicago
"Piling On: Multilevel Government and the Fiscal Common Pool,"’ American Journal of Political Science, October 2008

2007

Nancy Martorano Miller, University of Dayton
Balancing Power: Committee System Autonomy and Legislative Organization

2006

Tracy Sulkin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Issue Politics in Congress (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego
Term Limits and the Dismantling of State Legislative Professionalism (Cambridge University Press)

2004

Yusaku Horiuchi, The Australian National University
"Reapportionment and Redistribution: Consequences of Electoral Reform in Japan" (American Journal of Political Science, October 2003)
Jun Saito, Yale University
The Australian National University, "Reapportionment and Redistribution: Consequences of Electoral Reform in Japan" (American Journal of Political Science, October 2003)

2003

Scott Adler, University of Colorado-Boulder
"Why Congressional Reforms Fall: Reelection and the House Committee System" (University of Chicago Press, 2002)


Carl Albert Dissertation Award
The Carl Albert Dissertation Award is given annually for the best dissertation in legislative studies. Topics may be national or subnational in focus-on Congress, parliaments, state legislatures, or other representative bodies.

2017

Michelle Whyman, Duke University
"The Roots of Legislative Durability: How Information, Deliberation, and Compromise Create Laws that Last." University of Texas at Austin

2016

Molly E. Reynolds, Brookings Institution
"Exceptions to the Rule: Majoritarian Procedures and Majority Party Power in the U.S. Senate." University of Michigan, 2015.

2015

Michael Barber, Princeton University
"Buying Representation: The Incentives, Ideology, and Influence of Campaign Contributors in American Politics"

2014

Eitan Tzelgov, Pennsylvania State University
"Words as Weapons: Opposition Rhetoric and Partisan Strategy."

2014 Honorable Mention
David Willumsen, European University Institute - Florence
"Party, Preferences & Pragmatic Fidelity: Explaining Voting Unity in European Legislatures."

2013

Nicholas Carnes, Duke University
"By the Upper Class, For the Upper Class? Representational Inequality and Economic Policymaking in the United States"

2012

James Curry, University of Utah
Information Control: Leadership Power in the U.S. House of Representatives (Completed at University of Maryland; advised by Frances E. Lee)

2011

Amber Wichowsky, Yale University
"The Competition Cure? The Consequences of Completive Congressional Elections"

2010

Patrick Egan, New York University
"Issue Ownership and Representation in American Politics"

2009

Tom Clark, Princeton University
"The Politics of Judicial Independence: Court Curbing and the Separation of Powers"

2006

Kathryn Pearson, University of California, Berkeley
"Party Discipline in the Contemporary Congress: Rewarding Loyalty in Theory and Practice"

2005

Robert Van Houweling, Harvard University
"Legislators' Personal Policy Preferences and Partisan Legislative Organization"
Gail McElroy, Trinity College
"In Pursuit of Party Discipline: Committees and Cohesion in the European Parliament"

2004

Christian Grose, University of Rochester
"Beyond the Vote: A Theory of Black Representation in Congress" (Supervisor: Harold Stanley)

2002

Deborah Brooks, Yale University
"When Candidates Attack: The Effects of negative Campaigning on Voter Turnout in Senate Elections"

2001

Michele Swers, Harvard University
"From the Year of the Woman to the Republican Ascendency: Evaluating the Policy Impact of Women in Congress"


CQ Press Award
The CQ Press Award for the best paper on legislative studies presented at the previous year's APSA Annual Meeting.

2016

John Voorheis, University of Oregon
"Unequal Incomes, Ideology and Gridlock: How Rising Inequality Increases Political Polarization."
Nolan McCarty, Princeton University
"Unequal Incomes, Ideology and Gridlock: How Rising Inequality Increases Political Polarization."
Boris Shor, Georgetown University
"Unequal Incomes, Ideology and Gridlock: How Rising Inequality Increases Political Polarization."

2015

Daniel Magleby, Binghamton University
"Separation of Power and the Nature of Compromise in the U.S. Congress."
Pamela J. Clouser McCann, University of Southern California
"Separation of Power and the Nature of Compromise in the U.S. Congress.

2014

Jeffery Jenkins, University of Virginia
"On Measuring Legislative Agenda Setting Power"
Nathan Monroe, University of California, Merced
"On Measuring Legislative Agenda Setting Power"

2013

Charles Finocchiaro, University of South Carolina
"From Wild Horses to Work Horses: Electoral System Reform and Legislative Entrepreneurship in the House of Representatives."
Scott MacKenzie, University of California, Davis
"From Wild Horses to Work Horses: Electoral System Reform and Legislative Entrepreneurship in the House of Representatives."

2012

Michael Brady, Denison University
An Indelible Imprint? Assessing the Evolution of Racial Politics in Shaping Conflict in Congress during the Civil Rights Era
Daniel Lee, Michigan State University
An Indelible Imprint? Assessing the Evolution of Racial Politics in Shaping Conflict in Congress during the Civil Rights Era
Eric Gonzalez Juenke, Michigan State University
An Indelible Imprint? Assessing the Evolution of Racial Politics in Shaping Conflict in Congress during the Civil Rights Era

2011

Sean Theriault, University of Texas, Austin
"The Gingrich Senators and Their Effect on the U.S. Senate"
David Rohde, Duke University
"The Gingrich Senators and Their Effect on the U.S. Senate"

2010

Christian Grose, Vanderbilt University
"Priming Rationality: A Theory and Field Experiment of Participation in Legislatures."

2009

Alexander Hirsch, Stanford University
Policy R&D and Legislative Organization
Kenneth Shotts, Stanford University
Policy R&D and Legislative Organization

2006

R. Brian Law, University of California, Los Angeles
"Declining Fortunes: Institutional Change and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1947-2002"
Linda Fowler, Dartmouth College
"Declining Fortunes: Institutional Change and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1947-2002"

2005

Tracy Sulkin, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
"Legislative Responsiveness to Campaign Challenges"

2004

Samuel Kernell, University of California, San Diego
"To Stay, To Quit, or To Move Up: Explaining the Growth of Careerism in the House of Representatives, 1878-1940"

2003

Eric Schickler, University of California at Berkeley
"Where's the Pivot? Obstruction and Lawmaking in the Pre-Cloture Senate"
Gregory Wawro, Columbia University
"Where's the Pivot? Obstruction and Lawmaking in the Pre- Cloture Senate"

2002

Kathryn Pearson, University of California-Berkeley
Legislating in Women's Interests? Congresswomen in the 106th Congress

2001

C. Lawrence Evans, College of William and Mary
"Message Politics: Party Campaigning and Legislative Strategy in Congress"

2000

David Brady, Stanford University
"Strong Parties Revisited, 1870-1930"
Kara Buckley, Stanford University
"Strong Parties Revisited, 1870-1930"
Douglas Rivers, Stanford University
"Strong Parties Revisited, 1870-1930"

1999

Sarah Binder, The Brookings Institution
"Dynamics of Legislative Gridlock"

1998

Eric Lawrence, Tulane University
"Participation in American Politics: The Dynamics of Agenda Building" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983)

1997

Gary Cox, University of California-San Diego
Jonathan Katz, California Institute of Technology
"Incumbency Advantage in U.S. Senate Elections"

1996

John Hibbing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Congress as Public Enemy (Cambridge University Press, 1995)

1995

David Brady, Stanford University
Co-Authored with Kara Z. Buckley, Stanford University and Douglas Rivers, Stanford University "The Roots of Careerism in the House of Representatives"
Kara Buckley, Stanford University
"The Roots of Careerism in the House of Representatives"
Douglas Rivers, Stanford University
"The Roots of Careerism in the House of Representatives"

1994

Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
"Public Enemy: People's Perception of Congress"
John Hibbing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
"Public Enemy: People's Perception of Congress"

1993

Elisabeth Gerber, California Institute of Technology
"Preference Aggregation and the Effects of Institutions: Comparing Legislative and Direct Ballot Outcomes"

1992

Barbara Sinclair, University of California, Riverside
"The Emergence of Strong Leadership in the 1980's House of Representatives"

1991

Gary Jacobson, University of California, San Diego
"The Persistence of House Democratic Majorities: Structure or Politics?"

1990

Richard Smith, Carnegie-Mellon University
"Interpretation, Pressure and the Stability of Interest Group Influence in the U.S. Congress"

1988

John Hibbing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
"Responsiveness in the Senate"
John Alford, Rice University
"Responsiveness in the Senate"


Jewell-Loewenberg Paper Award
The Jewell-Loewenberg Paper Award for the best article in the Legislative Studies Quarterly in the previous year.

2017

Douglas Ahler, University of California, Berkeley
"Do Open Primaries Improve Representation? An Experimental Test of Califronia's 2012 Top-Two Primary." Legislative Studies Quarterly
Jack Citrin, University of California, Berkeley
"Do Open Primaries Improve Representation? An Experimental Test of Califronia's 2012 Top-Two Primary." Legislative Studies Quarterly
Gabriel Lenz, University of California, Berkeley
"Do Open Primaries Improve Representation? An Experimental Test of Califronia's 2012 Top-Two Primary." Legislative Studies Quarterly


2016

Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Ohio State University 
"Examining Legislative Cue-Taking in the US Senate." Legislative Studies Quarterly 40 (2015):13-53.
Josh M. Ryan, Utah State University
"Examining Legislative Cue-Taking in the US Senate." Legislative Studies Quarterly 40 (2015):13-53.
Anand Edward Sokhey, University of Colorado at Boulder
"Examining Legislative Cue-Taking in the US Senate." Legislative Studies Quarterly 40 (2015):13-53.

2015

Brian Jones, University of Wisconsin
"Sore Loser Laws and Congressional Polarization." Legislative Studies Quarterly
Barry Burden, University of Wisconsin
"Sore Loser Laws and Congressional Polarization." Legislative Studies Quarterly
Michael Kang, Emory University
"Sore Loser Laws and Congressional Polarization." Legislative Studies Quarterly

2014

William Bernhard, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Commitment and Consequences: Reneging on Cosponsorship Pledges in the U.S. House."
Tracy Sulkin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Commitment and Consequences: Reneging on Cosponsorship Pledges in the U.S. House."

2013

Regina Branton, University of North Texas
"Race, Ethnicity, and U.S. House Incumbent Evaluations" (November 2012 issue)
Erin Cassese, West Virginia University
"Race, Ethnicity, and U.S. House Incumbent Evaluations" (November 2012 issue)
Bradford Jones, University of California, Davis
"Race, Ethnicity, and U.S. House Incumbent Evaluations" (November 2012 issue)

2012

Rene Lindstadt, University of Essex
Balancing Competing Demands: Position Taking and Election Proximity and the European Parliament (Legislative Studies Quarterly 36, February 2011)
Jonathan Slapin, University of Houston
Balancing Competing Demands: Position Taking and Election Proximity and the European Parliament (Legislative Studies Quarterly 36, February 2011)
Ryan Vander Wielen, Temple University
Balancing Competing Demands: Position Taking and Election Proximity and the European Parliament (Legislative Studies Quarterly 36, February 2011)

2011

Matthew Levendusky, University of Pennsylvania
"Measuring Aggregate-Level Ideological Heterogeneity"
Jeremy Pope, Brigham Young University
"Measuring Aggregate-Level Ideological Heterogeneity"

2010

Sebastian Saiegh, University of California, San Diego
"Recovering a Basic Space from Elite Surveys: Evidence from Latin America,"

2009

Neil Malhotra, Stanford University
"Disentangling the Relationship between Legislative Professionalism and Government Spending" Legislative Studies Quarterly, August 2008

2007

John Griffin, University of Notre Dame
Senate Apportionment as a Source of Political Inequality

2006

James Druckman, Northwestern University
"Influence Without Confidence: Upper Chambers and Government Formation," Legislative Studies Quarterly 30 (4): 529-48
Lanny Martin, Rice University
"Influence Without Confidence: Upper Chambers and Government Formation," Legislative Studies Quarterly 30 (4): 529-48
Michael Thies, University of California, Los Angeles
"Influence Without Confidence: Upper Chambers and Government Formation," Legislative Studies Quarterly 30 (4): 529-48

2005

Sarah Binder, George Washington University
"The Limits of Senatorial Courtesy"
Forrest Maltzman, George Washington University
"The Limits of Senatorial Courtesy"

2004

Octavio Amorim Neto, Getulio Vargas Foundation
"The Inefficient Secret Revisited: The Legislative Input and Output of Brazilian Deputies" (Legislative Studies Quarterly, November 2003)
Fabiano Santos, Rio de Janeiro Graduate Research Institute
"The Inefficient Secret Revisited: The Legislative Input and Output of Brazilian Deputies" (Legislative Studies Quarterly, November 2003)

2003

Rory Austin, George Washington University
"Seats That May Not Matter: Testing for Racial Polarization in U.S. City Councils" (Legislative Studies Quarterly, 27, 2002)

2002

Stephen Ansolabehere, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"The Effects of Party and Preferences on Congressional Roll Call Voting" (2001)
James Snyder Jr., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"The Effects of Party and Preferences on Congressional Roll Call Voting" (2001)
Charles Stewart III, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"The Effects of Party and Preferences on Congressional Roll Call Voting" (2001)

2001

Benjamin Bishin, University of Miami
"Constituency Influence in Congress: Does Subconstituency Matter?"


Richard F. Fenno Prize


In the tradition of Professor Fenno's work, this prize is designed to honor work that is both theoretically and empirically strong. Moreover, this prize is dedicated to encouraging scholars to pursue new and different avenues of research in order to find answers to previously unexplored questions about the nature of politics.


2017

Douglas L. Kriner, Brown University
Investigating the President: Congressional Checks on Presidential Power. Princeton University Press, 2016.
Eric Schickler, University of California, Berkeley
Investigating the President: Congressional Checks on Presidential Power. Princeton University Press, 2016.

2016

Sven-Oliver Proksch, McGill University
The Politics of Parliamentary Debate: Parties, Rebels and Representation. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Jonathan B. Slapin, University of Essex
The Politics of Parliamentary Debate: Parties, Rebels and Representation. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

2015

Craig Volden, University of Virginia
Legislative Effectiveness in the US Congress. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Alan E. Wiseman, Vanderbilt University
Legislative Effectiveness in the US Congress. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

2014

Justin Grimmer, Stanford University
Representational Style in Congress: What Legislators Say and Why It Matters. Cambridge University Press, 2013

2013

Lynda Powell, University of Rochester
The Influence of Campaign Contributions in State Legislatures (University of Michigan Press)

2012

Lanny Martin, Rice University
Parliaments and Coalitions: The Role of Legislative Institutions in Multiparty Governance (Oxford University Press, 2011)
Georg Vanberg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Parliaments and Coalitions: The Role of Legislative Institutions in Multiparty Governance (Oxford University Press, 2011)

2011

Gregory Koger, University of Miami
Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate

2010

Frances Lee, University of Maryland-College Park
Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles, and Partisanship in the U.S. Senate

2009

Damon Cann, Utah State University
Sharing the Wealth: Member Contributions and the Exchange Theory fo Party Influence in the US House of Representatives (SUNY Press, 2008)

2007

Gregory Wawro, Columbia University
Filibuster: Obstruction and Lawmaking in the U.S. Senate
Eric Schickler, University of California, Berkeley
Filibuster: Obstruction and Lawmaking in the U.S. Senate

2006

Tracy Sulkin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Issue Politics in Congress (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

2005

Diana Evans, Trinity College
Greasing the Wheels: Using Pork Barrel Projects To Build Majority Coalitions in Congress (Cambridge University Press).

2004

David Brady, Stanford University
Critical Elections and National Policymaking (Stanford University Press)
Sarah Binder, George Washington University
Stalemate: Causes and Consequences of Legislative Gridlock (Brookings Institution Press, 2003)

2003

John Huber, Columbia University
Co-Authored with Charles R. Shipan, University of Iowa Deliberate Discretion?: The Institutional Foundations of Bureaucratic Autonomy (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
Charles Shipan, University of Iowa
Deliberate Discretion?: The Institutional Foundations of Bureaucratic Autonomy (Cambridge University Press, 2002)

2002

Eric Schickler, University of California at Berkeley
Disjointed Pluralism: Institutional Innovation and Developmentof the U.S. Congress (Princeton University Press, 2001)

2001

Charles Cameron, Columbia University
Veto Bargaining: Presidents and the Politics of Negative Power (Cambridge University Press, 2000)

2000

David Canon, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Race, Redistricting, and Representation: The Unintended Consequences of Black Majority Districts (University of Chicago Press, 1999)

1999

Keith Krehbiel, Stanford University
Pivotal Politics: A Theory of U.S. Lawmaking (University of Chicago Press, 1998)

1998

David King, Harvard University
Turf Wars: How Congressional Committees Claim Jurisdiction (University of Chicago Press, 1997)

1997

Richard Hall, University of Michigan
Participation in Congress (Yale University Press, 1998)

1996

Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Congress as Public Enemy (Cambridge University Press, 1995)

1995

Bernard Grofman, University of California-Irvine
Quiet Revolution in the South (Princeton Univ Press, 1994)
Chandler Davidson, Rice University
Quiet Revolution in the South (Princeton Univ Press, 1994)

1994

Gary Cox, University of California-San Diego
Legislative Leviathan: Party Government in the House (University of California Press, 1993)
Mathew McCubbins, University of California-San Diego
Legislative Leviathan: Party Government in the House (University of California Press, 1993)

1993

Frank Sorauf, University of Minnesota
Inside Campaign Finance (Yale University Press, 1992)

1992

Keith Krehbiel, Stanford University
Information and Legislative Organization (University of Michigan Press, 1991)

1991

R. Arnold, Princeton University
The Logic of Congressional Action (Yale Univ Press, 1992)

1990

Barbara Sinclair, University of California-Riverside
The Transformation of the U.S. Senate (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990)

1988

Bruce Cain
The Personal Vote: Constituency Service and Electoral Independence (Harvard University Press, 1987)
John Ferejohn
The Personal Vote: Constituency Service and Electoral Independence (Harvard University Press, 1987)
Morris Fiorina
The Personal Vote: Constituency Service and Electoral Independence (Harvard University Press, 1987)

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