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Robert A. Dahl Award

The Robert A. Dahl Award is awarded annually to an untenured scholar who has produced scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of democracy. The award comes with a prize of $750.

Non-ladder faculty members and junior tenure-track faculty at universities and colleges are eligible for the Dahl Award, as are scholars at nonprofit organizations and think tanks, and independent scholars.

Scholarship eligible for the Dahl Award includes books, papers, reports, and articles on the subject of democracy.

Nominations are open through Monday, February 12, 2018. 

 Submit a Nomination

You may submit one item per nomination: one book, one article, one paper. You will have the opportunity to upload other supporting documents through this form, such as letters of support for a nominee, or a personal statement if you are making a self-nomination. 

If you are nominating a book for the Dahl Award, the individual making the nomination is responsible for contacting the publisher and having copies sent to the award committee. Mailing addresses for the Dahl committee will be made available below.

Award Committee Information

John Seery (Chair)
Pomona College
Department of Politics
424 North College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
[email protected] 


Lucan Way
University of Toronto
Department of Political Science
100 St George St
Toronto 5S 3G3, Canada
[email protected]

Margaret Weir
Brown University
Department of Political Science
36 Prospect St
Providence, RI 02912
[email protected]

Prior Dahl Award Winners

2017: Candelaria Garay
Social Policy Expansion in Latin American

2016: Lee Drutman, New America
The Business of America is Lobbying: How Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More Corporate (Oxford University Press)

About Robert A. Dahl

Robert Dahl was a giant in the discipline of political science. He wrote a series of landmark books, including A Preface to Democratic Theory and Who Governs? He served as President of APSA from 1966 through 1967, and participated in countless committees and activities of the Association throughout his long professional career. 

Professor Dahl was also especially interested in supporting younger scholars and new talent in the profession, and mentored many doctoral students who have become leaders in political science themselves.



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