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Foundations of Political Theory (Section 17)

The Foundations of Political Theory Section exists to advance the linkage of political theory and philosophy with political science as a discipline. Foundations recognizes and encourages research and teaching that crosses intellectual and disciplinary boundaries. It stands at and seeks to support the intersection where philosophical, psychological, normative, and empirical approaches and problems meet. Foundations, as the name suggests, aims to study the more permanent dimensions of political life ranging from the design of institutions and political practices to the terms and concepts used to interpret the former. At the Foundations web site, you will find information about the section, including its officers, its newsletter, and a 'bookstore' where you can browse past and new titles in political theory. One new feature is a listing of job opportunities for political theorists and recent placements. If you are not already a member of the section, we hope that you will join us.

Founded: 1987
Yearly membership dues: $10.00 for students and $10.00 for other members.
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Section Officers

Chair
Lori Marso
Union College
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Treasurer
Stephen Leonard
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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2017 Annual Meeting Program Chairs
Neil Roberts
Williams College
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Emily Nacol
Vanderbilt University
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Council
Kathi Weeks, Duke University
Alex Gourevitch, Brown University
Cristina Beltrán, New York University
Paulina Ochoa Espejo, Haverford College
Arash Abizadeh, McGill Univeristy
Jason Frank, Cornell University

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 17. Foundations of Political Theory awards to-date »

Best Paper Award

Best Paper Award is given for the best paper presented on a Foundations panel at the previous year's APSA Annual Meeting. Nominations are limited to presenters untenured as of September, 2016. Nominations, including a digital copy of the paper presented, should be sent via email, to the chair by February 15, 2017.

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Deadline for nominations: February 15, 2017

Award Committee
Stefan Dolgert, Chair
Brock University
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Lida Maxwell
Trinity College
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Laurie Naranch
Siena College
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David Easton Award

The David Easton Award is given for a book that broadens the horizons of contemporary political science by engaging issues of philosophical significance in political life through any of a variety of approaches in the social sciences and humanities. Those who wish to have books considered for this award (whether they be publishers, authors, or other would-be nominators) should contact the publisher, and have a copy of the book sent to each of the committee members, no later than February 15, 2017. When possible, digital access for each member is also requested.

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Deadline for nominations: February 15, 2017

Award Committee:
Melissa Williams, Chair
University of Toronto
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Nick Xenos
University of Massachusetts
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Sam Chambers
Johns Hopkins University
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First Book Award

The First Book Award is given for a first book by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career in the area of political theory or political philosophy. Those who wish to have books considered for this award (whether they be publishers, authors, or other would-be nominators) should contact the publisher, and have a copy of the book sent to each of the committee members, no later than February 15, 2017. When possible, digital access for each member is also requested.

Previous recipients »

Deadline for Nominations: February 15, 2017

Award Committee:
Joshua Dienstag, Chair
University of California, Los Angeles
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Jeremy Elkins
Bryn Mawr College
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Keally McBride
University of San Francisco
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