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Public Administration (Section 6)

The purpose of this section is to provide an arena in which individuals interested in public administration may exchange ideas, enhance their professional development, and act to ensure that activities of the APSA encompass their interests.

Founded: 1983
Yearly membership dues: $8.00 for students and $8.00 for other members.
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Organized sections provide opportunities for APSA members who share a common interest in a particular subfield to organize meetings and coordinate communications under Association auspices.

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Section Officers

Vicky Wilkins
American University
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Chair Elect
Manuel Teodoro
Texas A&M University
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Gene Brewer
University of Georgia
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2017 Annual Meeting Program Chairs
Kelly LeRoux
University of Illinois-Chicago
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Term: 09/2015-08/2018
Sergio Fernandez, Indiana University
Ling Zhu, University of Houston

Term: 09/2016-08/2019
Karen Mossberger, Arizona State University
Daniel Hawes, Kent State University
Julie Dolan, Macalester College

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 06. Public Administration awards to-date »

Best Article Award

The Best Article Award recognizes the best article published in the American Review of Public Administration.

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Deadline for nominations: TBA

Award Committee

Herbert Kaufman Award

The APSA Section on Public Administration is pleased to announce that nominations are being accepted for its annual Herbert Kaufman Best Paper award. The Herbert Kaufman Committee will select the best paper presented on a panel sponsored (or co-sponsored) by the Public Administration section at the APSA Annual Meeting each year. The section will follow APSA’s guidance on what constitutes a ’presented paper’-papers that were uploaded to the APSA conference paper site, hosted by SSRN, or posted/presented in a virtual or alternative form are eligible for the Kaufman award.

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Nomination Instructions: Nominations should be sent to the Chair of the Herbert Kaufman Best Paper Award Committee. Nominations must include the author(s) and title of the paper, along with any comments you might wish to make in support of the nominated paper.

Deadline for nominations: TBA

Award Committee
Asmus Leth Olsen, Chair
University of Copenhagen
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Anthony Bertelli
New York University
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Christine Roch
Georgia State University
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Herbert A. Simon Book Award

The Herbert Simon Book Award is given for significant contributions to public administration scholarship. Books with publication dates of 2010, 2011, and 2012 are eligible for the 2016 award. The books orientation may be qualitative, quantitative, empirical, interpretive, ethnographic, historical, archival, normative, or theoretical. However, textbooks, revised editions of previously published books, and edited volumes are not eligible.

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Nomination Instructions: Nominations should include a justification for the nomination and three copies of the book.

Individuals: Contact the publisher and ask to have three copies of the nominated book sent to each of the Award Committee Chair, listed below. The deadline for individuals to submit nominations is TBA.

Publishers: Send three copies of the nominated book and accompanying materials to the Chair of the Herbert Simon Book Award Committee listed below. The deadline for publishers to submit nominations is TBA.

Deadline for Nominations:

Award Committee


Volcker Junior Scholar Research Grant

The APSA Organized Section for Public Administration invites applications and research proposals from junior scholars researching public administration issues affecting governance in the United States and abroad. Proposals will be judged on their potential to shed new light on important public administration questions, their scholarly and methodological rigor, and their promise for advancing practice and theory development. Individual grants are not renewable.

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Application Instructions: Proposals sent electronically should be emailed to [email protected]. Otherwise, three (3) hard copies of the total proposal package should be submitted to:

Paul A. Volcker Endowment for Public Administration Research and Education
Junior Scholar Research Grant Program
c/o American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1206

Award Committee


American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036-1206
(202) 483-2512 • Fax: +1 (202) 483-2657

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