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Organized Section 13: Best Dissertation Award

Urban Politics Section Award Recipients

Best Dissertation Award
The Best Dissertation Award is given annually for the best dissertation on urban politics accepted in the previous year.


2016  Zachary Todd Taylor, Western University
“The Politics of Metropolitan Development: Institutions, Interests, and Ideas in the Making of Urban Governance in the United States and Canada, 1800-2000." University of Toronto 
2015  Alisha Holland, Harvard University
“Forbearance as Redistribution: Enforcement Politics in Urban Latin America.” Harvard University, 2014 
2014 Adam Auerbach, University of Wisconsin - Madison
"Demanding Development: Democracy, Community Governance, and Public Goods Provision in India's Urban Slums."
2013 Eleanor Gao, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
"Diverse but Not Divisive: Tribal Diversity and Public Goods Provision in Jordan"
2012 Daniel Bliss, Illinois Institute of Technology
"Defining the Path to Growth: Small Town Governance and Economic Development in an Age of Globalization"
2011 Quinton Mayne, Harvard University
The Satisfied Citzen: Participation, Influence, and Public Perceptions of Democratic Performance
2010 Joshua Sapotichne, Michigan State University
Reconstructing National Urban Policy: Agenda Setting in Complex Policy Areas
2009 James Ingram III, University of California, San Diego
"The Rules of the Ruling: Charter Reforn in Los Angeles, 1850-2008"
2007 Paru Shah, Macalester College
The Politics and Policy Implications of Latino Representation in Education
2005 Christine Palus, University of Michigan-Dearborn
2004 Lynette Rawlings, George Washington University
"The Determinants of Cooperation among Local Governments in Metropolitan Areas" (Supervisor: Hal Wolman)
2003 Steven Johnson, Portland State University
"The Transformation of Civic Institutions and Practices in Portland, Oregon, 1960-1999
2001 Mara Sidney, Rutgers University
"Linking National Policy Designs and Local Action: A Comparison of Fair Housing and Community Reinvestment Policies"
2000 Patrick Joyce, Harvard University
1998 Timothy Krebs, University Of Chicago
"The Politics of Chicago City Council Elections, 1979-1995"
1995 Gerald Gamm, Howard University
"Neighborhood Roots: Exodus and Stability in Boston, 1870-1990"
1995 Guy Stuart, University of Chicago
"Neighborhood Roots: Exodus and Stability in Boston, 1870-1990"
1991 Nancy Burns, Harvard University
"Making Politics Permanent: The Formation of American Local Governments"
1990 Carol Pierannunzi, University of Georgia
"The Role of Local Government in Land-Use Politics: Testing and Developing Models of Local Decision Making On Zoning Issues"
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