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Religion and Politics (Section 11)*

The purpose of this section is to encourage the study of the interrelations between religion and politics, including the politics of religious pluralism; law, religion and governance; faith, practice and political behavior; and the politics of secularism, in the United States as well as in a comparative, historical, and global perspective.

Founded: 1986
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Journal: Politics and Religion; published 4 times per year; print and online access.
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Section Counts

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Section Officers

Erin Wilson
Groningen University
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Matthew Scherer
George Mason University
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2017 Annual Meeting Program Chair
Amelie Barras
York University
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Communications Coordinator
Ricardo Barrera
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Journal Editors
Politics and Religion Paul A. Djupe
Denison University
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Angelia R. Wilson
Manchester University
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Ryan Claassen
Kent State University
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Kevin R. den Dulk
Calvin College
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Tarek Masoud
Harvard University
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Elizabeth Oldmixon
University of North Texas
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Laura Dudley Jenkins
University of Cincinnati
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Section Awards

Section awards are presented during the APSA annual meeting awards ceremony. To learn more about any award listed, contact the award committee chair for the award.

All section 11. Religion and Politics awards to-date »

Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award

Religion and Politics Section invites nominations for the Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award.

Dissertations must have been defended in 2015 or 2016.  Nominated dissertations need to be sent to all members of the committee by email with a short bio of the author by April 1st.  Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.

The committee will look for and evaluate the following qualities in the submissions: Clearly defined, timely/relevant topic; solid and original theoretical grounding; rigorous/innovative methodology; significance/potential impact of the dissertation project.

If you have any questions about the award, please contact the committee chair, Nukhet Sandal.

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Nomination Instructions: Please contact the Committee chair for further details.

Deadline for nominations: April 1, 2017

Award Committee

Dr. Nukhet Sandal, Chair
Assistant Professor and Director of War and Peace Studies Program
Political Science
Ohio University, USA
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Dr. Ryan Claassen
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Kent University, USA
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Mona Oraby
2016-17 Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow
Maurer School of Law
Indiana University, USA
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Dr. Gizem Arikan
Associate Professor
Department of International Relations
Yasar University
Izmire, Turkey
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Ted Jelen Award

This prize is awarded to the best article published in the section's journal Politics and Religion.  The winner of the award is selected by the journal's editors.

Nomination Instructions: Please contact the Committee Chair for further details.

Award Committee
Professor Paul A. Djupe
Denison University, USA
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Professor Angelina R. Wilson
University of Manchester, UK
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Weber Best Conference Paper Award

The Best Paper Award recognizes the best paper dealing with religion and politics presented at the previous years APSA Annual Meeting.  The paper should address a timely and relevant topic, within the discipline and beyond, in a theoretically innovative and methodologically thorough manner.  Please submit nominations to the chair of the committee.

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Nomination Instructions: Please submit nominations to the chair of the committee.

Deadline for nominations: April 1, 2017

Award Committee
Professor Monica Duffy-Toft, Chair
Professor of Government and Public Policy
Blavatnik School of Government
University of Oxford, UK
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Dr. David Siroky
Associate Professor of Political Science
School of Politics and Global Studies
Arizona State University, USA
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Dr. Tanya B. Schwarz
Postdoctoral Fellow
Joan B. Kroc Institute
University of Notre Dame, USA
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Dr. Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom
Senior Lecturer
Political Science Department
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
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Hubert Morken Best Book Award

The Hubert Morken Award is given for the best publication dealing with religion and politics published during the last two years.

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Nomination Instructions: The next Hubert Morken Award will be presented at the 2017 APSA meeting.

Deadline for Nominations: March 15, 2017

Award Committee
Dr. Nandini Deo, Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Lehigh University, USA
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Professor Kevin den Dulk
Paul Henry Chair in Christianity and Politics
Calvin College, USA
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Dr. Benjamin Schewel
Associate Fellow
Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
University of Virginia, USA

Dr. Helge Arsheim
Postdoctoral Fellow
Faculty of Theology
University of Oslo, Norway

Ken Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award

The Kenneth D. Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award will be given annually to a conference paper studying any aspect of religion and politics presented by a Ph.D. student in political science. The conference can be affiliated with any of the US-based political science associations or a conference affiliated with another association, such as the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the American Academy of Religion, the Middle East Studies Association, or the International Studies Association, as long as the paper was written by a student or students enrolled in a graduate program in political science. Papers written with faculty will not be considered. Papers presented at poster sessions are welcome. The award will be announced and presented at the annual APSA conference during the business meeting. The award committee is under no obligation to make an award if no submissions merit such recognition.

Nomination Instructions: The next Ken Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award will be presented at the 2017 APSA meeting.

Deadline for Nominations: April 15, 2017

Award Committee
Dr. Matthew J. Nelson, Chair
Reader in Politics
Department of Politics and International Relations
School of Oriental and Africa Studies
University of London, UK
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Dr. Jeremy Menchik
Assistant Professor of International Relations
Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
Boston University, USA
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Dr. David Buckley
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Paul Weber Endowed Chair in Politics, Science and Religion
University of Louisville, USA
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Dr. Ted Jelen
Department of Political Science
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Weber Best Conference Paper Award
Weber Best Conference Paper Award
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