APSA Best Book Award 

Nominations are closed.

Beginning in 2021, APSA will present the APSA Best Book Award in lieu of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award. In 2020, the APSA Council approved changing the name of the Wilson Award as well as the creation of an ad-hoc committee to determine the new name.  The award criteria will remain the same – honoring the best book on government, politics, or international affairs.

The APSA 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 $2,000.

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 2022 award must be published in 2021).  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 for either an eBook to submit via the online application portal or to have a physical 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 either virtually or via mail.

  • Publishers: Please submit your nomination online through the APSA application portal.  You have the option to either submit an eBook via the portal or mail a hard copy of the nominated book directly to each member of the award committee.

Year Author Dissertation Submitted by


Diana C. Mutz, University of Pennsylvania

Cigdem V. Sirin (University of Texas at El Paso), Nicholas A. Valentino (University of Michigan), and Jose D. Villalobos (University of Texas at El Paso)

Winners and Losers: The Psychology of Foreign Trade and Seeing Us in Them: Social Divisions and the Politics of Group Empathy

Seeing Us in Them: Social Divisions and the Politics of Group Empathy

Princeton University Press


Ismail K. White and Chryl N. Laird

Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behavior

Princeton University Press

APSA Best Book Award Committee

Chair: Dr. Jennifer Pribble
University of Richmond
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Dr. Leonardo Baccini
McGill University
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Jose Antonio Cheibub
Texas A&M University
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Dr. Murad Idris
University of Michigan
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Dr. Deondra Rose
Duke University
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