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2008 Award Recipients

Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations

Daniel Elazar Distinguished Federalism Scholar Award
The Daniel Elazar Distinguished Federalism Scholar Award recognizes distinguished scholarly contributions to the study of federalism and intergovernmental relations.

 

Paul Posner, George Mason University

Law and Courts

Law and Courts Best Conference Paper Award
The Law and Courts Best Conference Paper Award (formerly the American Judicature Society Award) is given annually for the best paper on law and courts presented at the previous year’s annual meetings of the American, International, or regional political science associations. Single- and co-authored papers, written by political scientists, are eligible. Papers may be nominated by any member of the Section.

 

Jeffrey Lax, Columbia University
"Tactical Opinion Assignment and Voting in the Supreme Court"

  Kelly Rader, Columbia University
"Tactical Opinion Assignment and Voting in the Supreme Court"
  Honorable Mention
Tom Clark, Emory University
"The Separation of Powers, Court-Curbing, and Judicial Legitimacy"

Law and Courts Best Graduate Student Paper Award
Formerly the CQ Press Award, the Best Graduate Student Paper Award is given annually for the best paper in the field of law and courts written by a graduate student. To be eligible, the nominated paper must have been written by a full-time graduate student. Both single- and co-authored papers are eligible. In the case of co-authored papers, each author must have been a full-time graduate student at the time the paper was written. Submitted papers may have been written for any purpose (including papers written for seminar, scholarly meetings, and for potential publication in academic journals). This is NOT, however, a dissertation or thesis prize.

  Tom Clark, Princeton University
"The Separation of Powers, Court-Curbing and Judiical Legitimacy"

Law and Courts Best Journal Article Award
This award recognizes the best journal article in the field of law and courts written by a political scientist and published during the previous calendar year (for this award cycle, this means articles published during the 2013 calendar year). Articles published in all refereed journals and in law reviews are eligible, but book reviews, review essays, and chapters published in edited volumes are not eligible. Journal editors and members of the section may nominate articles. (This award was previously known as McGraw Hill Award and as the Houghton-Mifflin Award for the Best Journal Article in the Field of Law and Courts).

  Thomas Keck, Syracuse University
"Party, Policy, or Duty: Why Does the Supreme Court Invalidate Federal Statutes?"

C. Herman Pritchett Award
The C. Herman Pritchett award is given annually for the best book on law and courts written by a political scientist and published the previous year.

  Keith Whittington, Princeton University
Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy: The Presidency, the Supreme Court and Constitutional Leadership (Princeton University Press)
  Lisa Hilbink, University of Minnesota
Judges Beyond Politics in Democracy and Dictatorship: Lessons from Chile (Cambridge University Press)

Law and Courts Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award is an award for a lifetime of significant scholarship, teaching and service to the Law and Courts field.

  J. Woodford Howard Jr., Johns Hopkins University

Law and Courts Lasting Contribution Award
The Last Contribution Award is given annually for work that stands the test of time, work that inspires long after the issue that gave rise to that work is a true mark of distinction. Each year a book or journal article, 10 years old or older, that has made a lasting impression on the field of law and courts. (From 2001 to 2007 this was titled the Wadsworth Publishing Award).

  Mark Graber, University of Maryland
"The Non-Majoritarian Problem: Legislative Deference to the Judiciary Committee" Studies in American Political Development, 1993.

Law and Courts Teaching and Mentoring Award
The Teaching and Mentoring Award recognizes innovative teaching and instructional methods and materials in law and courts. Examples of innovations that might be recognized by this award include (but are not limited to) outstanding textbooks, websites, classroom exercises, syllabi, or other devices designed to enhance the transmission of knowledge about law and courts to undergraduate or graduate students. The Teaching and Mentoring Award is supported by a generous contribution from the Division for Public Education of the American Bar Association. The Teaching and Mentoring Award Committee also advises the Organized Section on matters related to teaching and mentoring of students and colleagues.

  Jeffrey Segal, Stony Brook University
Political Organizations and Parties

Emerging Scholars Award
The Emerging Scholars Award is given to a scholar who has received his or her Ph.D. within the last five years and whose career to date demonstrates unusual promise.

 

Scott Desposato, University of California, San Diego
Emerging Scholars Award

Jack Walker Award
The Jack Walker Award recognizes an article published in the last two calendar years that makes an outstanding contribution to research and scholarship on political organizations and parties.

  James Adams, University of California, Davis
"Why Small, Centrist Third Parties Motivate Policy Divergence by Major Parties." American Political Science Review 100 (August 2006)
  Samuel Merrill III, Wilkes University
"Why Small, Centrist Third Parties Motivate Policy Divergence by Major Parties." American Political Science Review 100 (August 2006)

Leon Epstein Outstanding Book Award
The Leon Epstein Outstanding Book Award recognizes a book published in the last two calendar years that made an outstanding contribution to research and scholarship on political organizations and parties.

  Dara Strolovitch, University of Minnesota
Affirmative Advocacy. Race, Class, and Gender in Interest Group Politics (Chicago University Press, 2007)

POP/Party Politics Award
The POP/Party Politics Award recognizes the best paper delivered on a Political Organizations and Parties-sponsored panel at the preceding APSA annual meeting.

  Brian Feinstein, Harvard University
"State Party Platforms and Civil Rights Policy, 1920-1968"
  Eric Schickler, University of California, Berkeley
"State Party Platforms and Civil Rights Policy, 1920-1968"

Samuel Eldersveld Career Achievement Award
The Samuel Eldersveld Career Achievement Award recognizes a scholar whose lifetime professional work has made an outstanding contribution to the field.

  John Aldrich, Duke University
Conflict Processes

Best Book Award
Given annually for the best book in conflict processes that was published in the two calendar years prior to the year in which the award is given. Edited volumes and textbooks are not eligible for the award. Nominations must be made by a member of the Conflict Processes section; self-nominations are encouraged. Nominations should be submitted to the committee chair, and a copy of the book should be sent to each member of the award committee.

 

Tanisha Fazal, Columbia University
State Death: The Politics and Geography of Conquest, Occupation, and Annexation (Princeton University Press, 2007)

Representation and Electoral Systems

George H. Hallett Award
The George H. Hallett Award is presented annually to the author of a book published at least ten years ago that has made a lasting contribution to the literature on representation and electoral systems.

 

H. Young, Johns Hopkins University
Fair Representation: Meeting the Ideal of One-Man One-Vote (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982)

Leon Weaver Award
The Leon Weaver Award given for the best paper presented at the previous year’s annual meeting at a panel sponsored by the Representation and Electoral Systems Division. ** This award will not be given this year. ***

  James Adams, University of California, Davis
Moderate Now, Win Votes Later: The Electoral Consequences of Parties’ Policy Shifts in Twenty-Five Postwar Democracies
  Zeynep Somer-Topcu, University of California, Davis
Moderate Now, Win Votes Later: The Electoral Consequences of Parties’ Policy Shifts in Twenty-Five Postwar Democracies
Presidents and Executive Politics

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.

 

Brett Amelkin, Princeton University
"Fit to Print: Trends in New York Times Election Coverage, 1960-2006"

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.

  Curtis Nichols, University of Texas, Austin
"The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Exploiting the Opportunity for Reconstructive Leadership"
  Adam Myers, University of Texas, Austin
"The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Exploiting the Opportunity for Reconstructive Leadership"

Founders Best Paper Award
The Founders Award honoring Bert Rourke 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.

  B. Dan Wood, Texas A&M University
"Presidential Saber Rattling and the Economy"

Presidential Research Group Career Service Award

  George Edwards III, Texas A&M University, College Station

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.

  Martha Kumar, Towson University
Managing the President’s Message: The White House Communications Operation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007)
  William Howell, University of Chicago
While Dangers Gather (Princeton University Press, 2007)
  Jon Pevehouse, University of Wisconsin, Madison
While Dangers Gather (Princeton University Press, 2007)
Religion and Politics

Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award
The Aaron Wildavsky Award recognizes the best dissertation on religion and politics successfully defended within the last two years.

 

Yuksel Sezgin, University of Washington
"The States Response to Legal Pluralism: The Case of Religious Law and Courts in Israel, Egypt and India"

Science, Technology & Environmental Politics

Don K. Price Award
The Don K. Price Award recognizes the best book on science, technology, and environmental politics published in the last year.

 

Dan Breznitz, Georgia Institute of Technology
Innovation and the State: Political Choice and Strategies for Growth in Israel, Taiwan, and Ireland (Yale University Press, 2007)

International Security and Arms Control

Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Award for Public Service
The Joseph J.Kruzel Memorial Award for Distinguished Public Service is awarded to a scholar with a distinguished career in national security affairs both as an academic and a public servant. It is given to memorialize Joseph Kruzel, a security studies scholar and Department of Defense policy official who was killed while on a diplomatic mission to Bosnia.

 

Brent Scowcroft, The Scowcroft Group

Comparative Politics

Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award
The Data Set Award recognizes a publicly available data set that has made an important contribution to the field of comparative politics.

 

Lyle Scruggs, University of Connecticut
Comparative Welfare Entitlements Dataset

Luebbert Best Article Award
The Luebbert Article Award is given for the best article in the field of comparative politics published in the previous two years.

  Anna Grzymala-Busse, University of Michigan
The Great Divide, World Politics (October 2006)
  Honorable Mention
Keith Darden, Yale University
The Great Divide, World Politics (October 2006)

Luebbert Best Book Award
The Luebbert Book Award is given for the best book in the field of comparative politics published in the previous two years.

  Stathis Kalyvas, Yale University
The Logic of Violence in Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Sage Best Paper Award
The Sage Best Paper Award is given to the best paper in the field of comparative politics presented at the previous year’s APSA Annual Meeting.

  Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University
"Rural Inequality and Electoral Authoritarianism." Presented at 2007 APSA Meeting
Politics and History

J. David Greenstone Book Prize
The J. David Greenstone Book Prize recognizes the best book in history and politics in the past two calendar years.

 

Keith Whittington, Princeton University
Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy: The Presidency, the Supreme Court, and Constitutional Leadership in U.S. History (Princeton University Press, 2007)

Mary Parker Follett Prize
The Mary Parker Follett Prize recognizes the best article on Politics and History published in the previous year.

  Justin Crowe, Williams College
The Forging of Judicial Autonomy: Political Entrepreneurship and the Reforms of William Howard Taft (Journal of Politics, 69:1)

Walter Dean Burnham Disseration Award
The Walter Dean Burnham Award is given for the best dissertation in the field of Politics and History.

  Tomas Larsson, Cornell University
"Capitalizing Thailand: Colonialism, Communism, and the Political Economy of Rural Land Rights" (Cornell University, 2007)
Political Science Education

Best Paper Presentation Award
The Best Paper Presentation Award is given for the best presentation on undergraduate education at the past year's APSA Annual Meeting.

 

Shannon Jenkins, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
"The Impact of In-Class Service-learning on Cognitive and Affective Learning Outcomes"

International History and Politics

Robert L. Jervis and Paul W. Schroeder Best Book Award
The Robert L. Jervis and Paul Schroeder Best Book Award for the best book on International History and Politics. This award may be granted to a single-authored or multi-authored book, or to an edited volume. The award will be given to works published in the calendar year prior to the year of the APSA meeting at which the award is presented. The copyright date of a book will establish the relevant year. Hence, books with a 2013 copyright date will be eligible for the award presented at the 2014 APSA meeting. To be considered for the award, nominations must be received by January 31, 2015.

 

Etel Solingen, University of California, Irvine
Nuclear Logics: Contrasting Paths in East Asia and the Middle East (Princeton University Press 2007)

  Daniel Deudney, Johns Hopkins University
Bounding Power: Republican Security Theory from the Polis to the Global Village (Princeton University Press 2007)
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