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APSA Best Book Award 

2021 Award Nomination Deadline: February 16, 2021

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The Best Book Award honors the best book on government, politics, or international affairs.

The award is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and carries a cash prize of $5,000.


Nomination Information

  • Eligibility: Nominees do not have to be members of APSA, affiliated with an institution in the United States, or an American citizen in order to be considered for an award. It is not compulsory that authors be political scientists.

    Books must have been published in the previous calendar year to be eligible for the current awards cycle (books for the 2021 award must be published in 2020). Many books contain both a publication date and a copyright date, and these may differ. Eligibility is determined by the earlier of these dates that is printed with the publication information at the front of the book.


  • Individuals: Please contact the publisher and ask to have a copy of the nominated book mailed directly to each award committee member.

    Self-nominations are accepted.  If you nominate yourself for a book award, you assume responsibility for contacting your publisher and having copies of your book sent to the award committee.


  • Publishers: After completing and submitting your nomination online through the APSA application portal, please mail a copy of the nominated book directly to each member of the award committee.

APSA Best Book Award Committee


Chair: Dr. Anjali Thomas
Georgia Institute of Technology
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Professor Heath Brown
City University of New York, Graduate Center and John Jay College
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Han Dorussen
University of Essex
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Dr. Liza Mugge
University of Amsterdam
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Dr. Anand Edward Sokhey
University of Colorado, Boulder
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