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Foundations of Political Theory Section Award Recipients

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Best Paper Award
David Easton Award
First Book Award


Best Paper Award

The Best Paper Award is given for the best paper presented on a foundations panel at the previous year’s APSA Annual Meeting.

2018 Sophie Smith, Oxford University
“Okin, Rawls, and the ‘Quest for Legitimacy’.”
2017  Zach Reyna, Johns Hopkins University
"Bovine Bellow and Aquiline Vision: Aquinas' Ecological Approach to Law & Politics"
2016  Josh Simon, Columbia University
“Jose Marti’s Immanent Critique of American Imperialism” 
2015  Alex Gourevitch, Brown University
"Quitting Work But Not the Job: Liberty and the Right to Strike." 
2014 Brandon Terry, Yale University
"Rawls, Race, and Critique: Engaging with Charles Mills' The Racial Contract"
2014 Eline Severs, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
"Determining the Quality of Women’s Substantive Representation: A Study of Muslem Women’s Voice and Influence in the Belgian Headscarf Debate."
2012 Jane Gordon, Temple University
Theorizing Contemporary Practices of Slavery
2011 Lisa Blaydes, Stanford University
"How Does Islamist Local Governance Affect the Lives of Women?: A Comparative Study of Two Cairo Neighborhoods"
2011 Farah Godrej, University of California, Riverside
"Gandhi's Body: Asceticism, Pain and Suffering in Environmental Political Discourse"
2010 Philip Michelbach, West Virginia University
"Renewing Democratic Authority: Hamlet's Politics with (and against) Carl Schmitt"
2010 Andrew Poe, University of California, San Diego
"Renewing Democratic Authority: Hamlet's Politics with (and against) Carl Schmitt"
2006 Patchen Markell, University of Chicago
"The Insufficiency of Non-Domniation"
2005 Samuel Chambers, University of Wales Swansea
"The Alterirty of the Present: Reading Sexuality in Six Feet Under"
2003 Leigh Jenco, University of Chicago
"Representing a Noble Heart: Thoreau's Critique of Democracy"
2002 Lawrie Balfour, University of Virginia
"The Argument of John Brown"
2002 Roy Tsao, Georgetown University
"Arendt Against Athens: Rereading the Human Condition"
2001 Jennifer Pitts, Yale University
"Legislator of the World? A Rereading of Bentham on India."
1999 Albert Dzur, Univerity of Utah
"Comprehensive Liberal Politics and the Fact of Pluralism"
1998 Kennan Ferguson, University of Hawaii
"Communities of Meaning: Toward a Kantian Non-Universal Judgment"
1997 Elizabeth Wingrove, University of Michigan
"Republican Romance"

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.

2018 Clare Chambers, University of Cambridge
Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defense of the Marriage-Free State. Oxford University Press. 2017.
2018 Barbara Arneil, University of British Columbia
Domestic Colonies: The Turn Inward to Colony. Oxford University Press. 2017.
2017  Margaret Kohn, The Death and Life of the Urban Commonwealth (New York: Oxford
University Press, 2016
2016  Patrick Wolfe, past university affiliations include: University of Melbourne, Victoria University and La Trobe University
Traces of History:  Elementary Structures of Race. Verso 2015 
2015  Michael Shapiro, University of Hawaii at Mānoa

War Crimes, Atrocity, and Justice. Polity Press, 2015.

2015  Joan Cocks, Mount Holyoke College 
On Sovereignty and Other Political Delusions. Bloomsbury, 2014
2014 Joseph Carens, University of Toronto
The Ethics of Immigration. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013
2014 Honorable Mention
Philip Petit, Princeton University
On the People’s Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy. Cambridge University Press, 2012
2013 Tracy B Strong, UCSD Distinguished Professor emeritus / Professor. University of Southampton (UK)
Politics without Vision: ‘Thinking without a Banister’ in the Twentieth Century (Chicago)
2012 Bonnie Honig, Northwestern University
Emergency Politics:  Paradox, Law, Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2011)
2012 Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley
Walled States, Waning Sovereignty (Zone Books, 2010)
2011 Joseph Schwartz, Temple University
The Future of Democratic Equality: Rebuilding Social Solidarity in a Fragmented America
2010 George Shulman, New York University
American Prophecy: Race and Redemption in American Political Culture
2009 Carol Gould, George Mason University
Globalizing Democracy (Cambridge University Press)
2007 Quentin Skinner
Visions of Politics (Three Volumes), Cambridge University Press, 2002
2006 Henry Richardson, Georgetown University
Democratic Autonomy: Public Reasoning about the Ends of Policy (Oxford University Press, 2003)
2005 Ira Katznelson, Columbia University
"Desolation and Enlightenment. Political Knowledge After Total War, Totalitarianism and the Holocaust" (Columbia University Press, 2003)
2004 Scott Althaus, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Collective Preferences in Democratic Politics: Opinion Surveys and the Will of the People (Cambridge University Press, 2003)
2003 Sheldon Wolin
Tocqueville Between Two Worlds: The Making of Political and Theoretical Life. (Princeton University Press 2001)
2002 Nancy Rosenblum, Harvard University
Membership and Morals: The Personal Uses of Pluralism in America
2001 Rogers Smith, University of Pennsylvania
Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History
2000 Jennifer Hochschild, Harvard University
Facing the American Dream: Race, Class, and the Soul of the Nation (Princeton University Press, 1999)
1999 David Laitin, Stanford University
Identity in Formation: The Russian-Speaking Populations in the Near Abroad (Cornell University Press, 1998)
1998 Robert Putnam, Harvard University
Making Democracy Work (Princeton University Press, 1993)
1997 Jürgen Habermas
Between Facts and Norms (MIT Press 1996)

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.

2018 Sina Jo Kramer, Loyola Marymount University
Excluded Within: The (Un)Intelligibility of Radical Political Actors. Oxford University Press. 2017.
2018  Siavash Saffari, Seoul National University
Beyond Shariati: Modernity, Cosmopolitanism, and Islam in Iranian Political Thought. Cambridge University Press. 2017.
2018 Honorable Mention
Angelica Bernal, Universityof Massachusetts, Amherst
Beyond Origins: Rethinking Founding in a Time of Constitutional Democracy. Oxford University Press, 2017.
2017 Joseph J. Fischel
Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent
2016  Neil Roberts, Williams College
Freedom as Marronage. University of Chicago Press 
2016  Shalini Satkunanandan, University of California, Davis
Extraordinary Responsibility: Politics Beyond the Moral Calculus. Cambridge University Press 
2015  Banu Bargu, New School for Social Research
Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons. Columbia University Press, 2014. 
2014 Christopher Lebron, Yale University
The Color of Our Shame: Race and Justice in Our Time (Oxford University Press)
2013

Jeffrey Church
Infinite Autonomy: The Divided Individual in the Political Thought of G. W. F. Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche

2012 Stephen Marshall, University of Texas, Austin
The City on the Hill from Below: The Crisis of Prophetic Black Politics (Temple University Press, 2011)
2010 Jeffrey Green, University of Pennsylvania
The Eyes of the People: Democracy in a Age of Spectatorship
2009 Samantha Frost, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Lessons from a Materialist Thinker (Stanford University Press)
2007 Bryan Garsten, Yale Univesrity
Saving Persuasion: A Defense of Rhetoric and Judgment, Harvard University Press, 2006
2006 Elisabeth Ellis, Texas A&M University
Kant's Politics: Provisional Theory for an Uncertain World (Yale University Press, 2005)
2006 Jennifer Pitts, Princeton University
A Turn to Empire: Rise of Imperial Liberalism in Britain and France (Princeton University Press, 2005)
2005 Corey Robin, CUNY Brooklyn
Fear: The History of a Political Idea (Oxford University Press, 2004).
2004 Alan Keenan, Bryn Mawr College
Democracy in Question: Democratic Openness in a Time of Political Closure (Stanford University Press, 2003)
2004 Patchen Markell, University of Chicago
Bound by Recognition (Princeton University Press, 2003)
2003 Laura Janara, University of British Columbia
Democracy Growing Up: Authority, Autonomy and Passion in Tocqueville's Democracy in America (SUNY Press)
2002 Ayelet Shachar, University of Toronto
Multicultural Jurisdictions: Cultural Differences and Women's Rights
2002 Honorable Mention
Dan Engster, University of Texas, San Antonio
Multicultural Jurisdictions: Cultural Differences and Women's Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2001)
2001 Sara Monoson, Northwestern University
Plato's Democratic Entanglements
2000 Alan Patten, McGill University
Hegel's Idea of Freedom (Oxford University Press, 1999)
1999 C. Thompson, Ashland University
John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty (University of Kansas Press, 1998)
1999 Melissa Williams, University of Toronto
Voice, Trust, and Memory (Princeton University Press, 1998)
1998 James Bailey, Princeton University
Utilitarianism, Institutions, and Justice (Oxford University Press, 1997)
1997 Simone Chambers, University of Toronto
Reasonable Democracy (Cornell University Press, 1996)
1994 Bonnie Honig, Harvard University
Political Theory and the Displacement of Politics (Cornell University Press, 1993)
1993 Richard Sinopoli, University of California, Davis
The Foundations of American Citizenship and Civic Virtue (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992)
1992 Alan Houston, University of California, San Diego
Algernon Sydney and the Republican Heritage in England and America (Princeton University Press, 1991)
1991 Stephen Leonard, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Political Theory in Political Practice (Princeton University Press, 1990)
1990 William Corlett, Bates College
Community Without Unity: A Politics of Deridian Extravagance (Duke University Press)
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