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George C. Edwards III Dissertation Award
The George C. Edwards III Dissertation Award is given annually for the best dissertation in presidency research completed and accepted during the calendar year prior to the Annual Meeting. The recipient will receive a $250 award.


2017  Elizabeth Mann, University of Michigan
"Presidential Policymaking at the State Level: Revision Through Waivers?"
2016  Rachel Augustine Potter, University of Michigan
"Writing the Rules of the Game: The Strategic Logic of Agency Rulemaking" 
2015  Ian Ostrander, Texas Tech University
"Winning the Waiting Game: Senatorial Delay in Executive Nominations." Washington University in St. Louis 2013 
2013 John Hudak, University of Vanderbilt
"The Politics of Federal Grants: Presidential Influence Over the Distribution of Federal Funds"
2012 William Resh, Indiana University, Bloomington
Rethinking the Administrative Presidency: Trust, Intellectual Capital, and Appointee-Careerist Relations (completed at American University; advised by Robert F. Durant)
2011 Amnon Cavari, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"The Party Politics of Presidential Rhetoric"
2010 Lyn Ragsdale, Rice University
Vital Statistics on the Presidency
2009 Jose Villalobos, Texas A & M University
Presidential Bureaucratic Management an dPolicy Making Success in Congress

Best Undergraduate Paper Award
The Best Undergraduate Paper Award on executive politics recognizes the best undergraduate paper completed in the previous two academic years. One copy of each essay should be sent directly to each committee member of the committee.


2014 Aaron Goodman, Dartmouth College
"Presidential Delegation of Foreign Policy Powers."
2013 Lisa McAlister, University of North Texas
"Roles of the White House Chief of Staff"
2012 Andrew Keene, United States Naval Academy
Exploration of Ticket Splitting: The Battleground State Effect
2011 Alexander Gibbons, University of Maryland College Park
"Keeping Time for Skowronek: A Quantification of Secular and Political Time"
2009 Adam Aliano, United States Naval Academy
From the New Frontier to Change You Can Believe In: The Issues of Person and the Cmpaigns of 1960 and 2008
2008 Brett Amelkin, Princeton University
"Fit to Print: Trends in New York Times Election Coverage, 1960-2006"
2007 Carrie Roush, Dickinson College
Best Undergraduate Paper Award for " 'Great Writ,' Great Power: Habeas Corpus and Prerogative in the Lincoln and Bush II Presidencies"
2006 Andrew Kaufman, Carleton College
"Historical Continuities in the 2004 Presidential Debates"
2005 Rebecca Stark, Carleton College
"The Influence of Foreign Affairs in Presidential Elections: 1992-2004"

Founders Best Graduate Student Paper Award
The Founders Award honoring Francis Rourke is given for the best paper on executive politics presented by a Graduate Student at either the preceding year’s APSA Annual Meeting or at any of the regional meetings in the two year’s preceding the APSA Annual Meeting. One copy of each essay should be sent directly to each member of the committee.


2017  Elizabeth Mann, University of Michigan
"Presidential Policymaking at the State Level: Revision Through Waivers?"
2016  Kenneth Lowande, University of Virginia
"Delegation or Unilateral Action?" 
2015  Christopher A. Martinez, Loyola University Chicago
"Surviving the Presidency in South America: Rethinking the Role of Democracy"
2014 Janna Rezaee, University of California, Berkeley
"OIRA: The Other Edge of the Sword."
2013 Rachel Potter, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
"Strategic Transparency in Agency Rulemaking"
2011 Presented in honor of Martha Joynt Kumar
John Hudak, Vanderbilt University
The Politics of Federal Grants: Presidential Influence Over the Distribution of Federal Funds
2010 Presented in honor of Stephen Wayne
Amnon Cavari, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"The Presidential Rhetoric and the Economic Policy Image of the Parties,"
2009 Cari Hennessy, Northwestern University
The Effect of Public Opinion on Policy Outcomes in Sequential Veto Bargaining
2008 Curtis Nichols, University of Texas, Austin
"The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Exploiting the Opportunity for Reconstructive Leadership"
2008 Adam Myers, University of Texas, Austin
"The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Exploiting the Opportunity for Reconstructive Leadership"
2007 Kevin Parsneau, University of Minnesota
Politicizing Priority Departments: Presidential Policy Priorities and Subcabinet Nominations
2006 Michael Cutrone, Princeton University
"Parties, Pivots, and the Patients' Bill of Rights"
2003 Elvin Lim, Nuffield College University of Oxford
"The Lion and The Lamb: De-Mythologizing Franklin Roosevelt's Fireside Chats"
2002 Casey Dominguez, University of California at Berkeley
"Is it a Honeymoon? An Empirical Investigation of the President's First Hundred Days."
2001 Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, Texas A&M University
"Anticipating Agendas: Dynamics of Presidential Policy"
2000 Kevin Price, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"The Partisan Legacies of Preemptive Leadership: Assessing the Eisenhower Cohorts in the U.S. House"
1999 David Lewis, Stanford University
"The Presidential Advantage in the Design of Bureaucratic Agencies"
1997 Richard Powell, Northwestern University
"Taking the Show on the Road: The Politics of Presidential Travel in the Modern Era"
1996 David Cohen, University of South Carolina
"President Bush's Chiefs of Staff: Sununu and Skinner in the White House"
1991 Bartholomew Sparrow, University of Texas-Austin
"Raising Taxes and Going into Debt: A Resource Dependence Model of U.S. Public Finance in the 1940s"

Founders Best Paper Award
The Founders Award honoring Bert Rockman is given for the best paper on executive politics authored by a PhD holding scholar presented at the previous year’s annual meeting. One copy of each essay should be sent directly to each committee member.

2017  Larry Rothenberg, University of Rochester
"Analyzing Agency Choice with Text Analysis: The Case of the NLRB." 
2017  Matthew Sweeten, University of Rochester
"Analyzing Agency Choice with Text Analysis: The Case of the NLRB." 
2016  Jasmine Farrier, University of Louisville
"Judicial Restraint and the New War Powers" 
2015  Magna Ignacio, Universidade Federal de Minas
"The Institutional Presidency in Latin America: A Comparative Analysis 
2015  Mariana Llanos, GIGA Institut fur Latinamerika-Studien
"The Institutional Presidency in Latin America: A Comparative Analysis 
2014 Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin College
"Bargaining with the Bureaucracy: Executive Orders and the Transaction Costs of Unilateral Action."
2013 Stephen Weatherford, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Obama and the Economy:The Financial Crisis, the Fed, and the Inequality Agenda"
2012 Presented in honor of Erwin Hargrove
Brendan Doherty, United States Naval Academy
The President as Party-Builder-in-Chief: Presidential Fund-raising, 1977-2011
2011 Presented in honor of Fred Greenstein
Matthew Beckmann, University of California, Irvine
"Opportunism in Polarization: Presidential Success in Senate Key Votes, 1953 - 2008
2011 Presented in honor of Fred Greenstein
Vimal Kumar, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
"Opportunism in Polarization: Presidential Success in Senate Key Votes, 1953 - 2008
2010 Kevin McMahon, Trinity College
"Richard Nixon, the Supreme Court, and the Politics of Desegregation in the Urban North"
2009 Jeffrey Cohen, Fordham University
The Congressional Roots of Presidental Approval
2008 B. Dan Wood, Texas A&M University
"Presidential Saber Rattling and the Economy"
2007 Jeffrey Cohen, Fordham University
Change and Stability in the President's Legislative Policy Agenda, 1789-2002
2007 Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, University of North Texas
Change and Stability in the President's Legislative Policy Agenda, 1789-2002
2006 Andrew Rudalevige, Dickinson College
"Parsing the Politicized Presidency: Centralization and Politicization as Presidential Strategies for Bureaucratic Control"
2006 David Lewis, Princeton University
"Parsing the Politicized Presidency: Centralization and Politicization as Presidential Strategies for Bureaucratic Control"
2005 Lawrence Jacobs, University of Minnesota
"Lumpers and Splitters: The Public Opinion Information that Politicians Collect and Use"
2005 James Druckman, University of Minnesota
"Lumpers and Splitters: The Public Opinion Information that Politicians Collect and Use"
2004 Martin Cohen, UCLA
Co-Authored with Hans Noel, and John Zaller, "Constant Rules, Changing Game: A General Model of Presidential Primaries, 1972-2000"
2004 Hans Noel, UCLA
Co-Authored with Marty Cohen and John Zaller, "Constant Rules, Changing Game: A General Model of Presidential Primaries, 1972-2000"
2004 John Zaller, UCLA
"Constant Rules, Changing Game: A General Model of Presidential Primaries, 1972-2000"
2003 Andrew Rudalevige, Dickenson College
"The Structure of Leadership: Information, Organization, and Presidential Decision Making"
2002 B. Dan Wood, University of California-Los Angeles
"The Politics of Administrative Design"
2002 John Bohte, Oakland University
"The Politics of Administrative Design"
2001 Matthew Baum, University of California, Los Angeles
"Who Rallies? The Constituent Foundations of the Rally-Round-the-Flag Phenomena"
2000 Keith Whittington, Princeton University
"Institutional Development in a System Separation of Powers"
2000 Daniel Carpenter, University of Michigan
"Institutional Development in a System Separation of Powers"
1999 John Frendreis, Loyola University of Chicago
"Predicting Legislative Output in the First '100 Days,' 1897-1995"
1999 Raymond Tatalovich, Loyola University of Chicago
1999 Jon Schaff, Loyola University of Chicago
"Predicting Legislative Output in the First '100 Days,' 1897-1995"
1998 Bruce Buchanan, University of Texas, Austin
"Presidential Campaign Quality: What the Variance Implies"
1996 Robert Spitzer, SUNY-Cortland
"'It's My Constitution and I'll Cry if I Want to: Veto Dispute"
1995 Richard Forshee, University of Michigan
"Presidential Activism and Obstruction in Committee and on the Floor"

Presidential Research Group Career Service Award

2017  Louis Fisher, The Constitution Project
2012 Karen Hult, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2008 George Edwards III, Texas A&M University, College Station
2004 Fred Greenstein, Princeton University
2003 Richard E. Neustadt, Harvard University

Presidential Research Group Reference Book Award
The Presidential Research Group Reference Book Award is given once every three years for the best reference book on the US presidency published during the past three years.


2017  John T. Woolley, University of California, Santa Barbara
The American Presidency Project 
2017  Gerhard Peters, Citrus College
The American Presidency Project 
2010 Lyn Ragsdale, Rice University
Vital Statistics on the Presidency, Third Edition (Washington, DC: CQ Press 2009)
2010 George Edwards III, Texas A&M University
The Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency
2010 William Howell, University of Chicago
The Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency

Richard E. Neustadt Best Book Award
The Richard E. Neustadt Award given for the best book on executive politics published during the year. One copy of each book should be sent directly to each member of the committee.


2017  Douglas L. Kriner, Boston University
Investigating the President: Congressional Checks on Presidential Power. Princeton University Press, 2016. 
2017  Eric Shickler, University of California, Berkeley
Investigating the President: Congressional Checks on Presidential Power. Princeton University Press, 2016. 
2016  Douglas L. Kriner, Boston University
The Particularistic President: Executive Branch Politics and Political Inequality, Cambridge University Press, 2015 
2016  Andrew Reeves, Washington University in St. Louis
The Particularistic President: Executive Branch Politics and Political Inequality, Cambridge University Press, 2015 
2015  Rebecca Thorpe, University of Washington
The American Warfare State: The Domestic Politics of Military Spending. University of Chicago Press, 2014. 
2015  Michael Nelson, Rhodes College
Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government. Kansas University Press, 2014 
2014 Mariah Zeisberg, University of Michigan
War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority. Princeton University Press, 2013
2013 Jean Yarbrough, Bowdoin College
Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition (University Press of Kansas, 2012)
2012 Michael Korzi, Towson University
Presidential Term Limits in American History (Texas A&M University Press, 2011)
2011 Jeffrey Cohen, Fordham University
Going Local: Presidential Leadership in the Post-Broadcast Age
2010 B. Dan Wood, Texas A&M University
The Myth of Presidential Representation
2009 David Lewis, Vanderbilt University
The Politics of Presidential Appointments: Political Control and Bureaucratic Performance (Princeton University Press, 2008)
2008 Martha Kumar, Towson University
Managing the President’s Message: The White House Communications Operation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007)
2008 William Howell, University of Chicago
While Dangers Gather (Princeton University Press, 2007)
2008 Jon Pevehouse, University of Wisconsin, Madison
While Dangers Gather (Princeton University Press, 2007)
2007 Brandice Canes-Wrone, Princeton University
Who Leads Whom? Presidents, Policy, and the Public (University of Chicago Press 2005)
2006 Louis Fisher, Library of Congress, Law Division
Military Tribunals and Presidential Power: American Revolution to the War on Terrorism (University Press of Kansas, 2005)
2006 Joel Aberbach, University of California, Los Angeles
The Executive Branch (Oxford University Press, 2005)
2006 Mark Peterson, University of California, Los Angeles
The Executive Branch (Oxford University Press, 2005)
2005 Kevin McMahon, Trinity College
Reconsidering Roosevelt on Race: How the Presidency Paved the Road to Brown (University of Chicago Press).
2004 Janet Martin, Bowdoin College
The Presidency and Women: Promise, Performance and Illusion (Texas A&M University Press, 2003)
2003 Andrew Rudalevige, Dickenson College
Managing the Presidents Program: Presidential Leadership and Legislative Policy Formation (Princeton University Press, 2002)
2002 Kenneth Mayer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
With the Stroke of a Pen: Executive Orders and Presidential Power (Princeton University Press, 2001)
2002 Patricia Conley, Northwestern University
Presidential Mandates: How Elections Shape the National Agenda (University of Chicago Press, 2001)
2002 Honorable Mention
Larry Berman, University of California Washington Center
"No Peace, No Honor: Nixion, Kissenger, and Betrayal in Vietnam" (Free Press, 2001)
2001 Robert Shapiro, Columbia University
Politicians Don’t Pander: Political Manipulation and the Loss of Democratic Responsiveness (University of Chicago Press, 2000)
2001 Lawrence Jacobs, University of Minnesota
Politicians Don’t Pander: Political Manipulation and the Loss of Democratic Responsiveness (University of Chicago Press, 2000)
2000 David Yalof, University of Connecticut
Pursuit of Justices: Presidential Politics and the Selection of Supreme Court Nominees (University of Chicago Press, 1999)
1999 Keith Krehbiel, Stanford University
Pivotal Politics: A Theory of U.S. Lawmaking (University of Chicago Press, 1998)
1998 Jeffrey Cohen, University of Kansas
Presidential Responsiveness and Public Policy-Making: The Public and the Policies That Presidents Choose (University of Michigan Press, 1997)
1997 Stanley Renshon, CUNY-Graduate Center
High Hopes: The Clinton Presidency and the Politics of Ambition (New York University Press, 1996)
1996 Karen Hult, Virginia Tech University
Governing the White House: From Hoover through LBJ (University of Kansas, 1995)
1996 Charles Walcott, Virginia Tech University
Governing the White House: From Hoover through LBJ (University of Kansas, 1995)
1995 Charles Jones, University of Wisconsin
The Presidency in a Separated System (Brookings Institution, 1994)
1994 Stephen Skowronek, Yale University
The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to George Bush (Harvard University Press, 1993)
1992 David Mayhew, Yale University
Divided We Govern (Yale Univ Press, Reprint Edition:1993)
1991 Harold Koh, Yale University
The National Security Constitution (Yale Univ Press, 1990)
1990 John Burke, University of Vermont
How Presidents Test Reality (Russell Sage Foundation, 1989)
1990 Fred Greenstein, Princeton University
How Presidents Test Reality (Russell Sage Foundation, 1989)
1990 Larry Berman, University of California-Davis
FOR COLLABORATION ON: How Presidents Test Reality (Russell Sage Foundation, 1989)
1989 Erwin Hargrove, Vanderbilt University
Jimmy Carter as President (Louisiana State University Press, 1988)

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