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The Barbara Sinclair Award and Lectureship recognizes achievement in promoting understanding of the U.S. Congress and legislative politics.

The award is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and carries an honorarium of $1,000. The honorarium is co-supported by the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University's School of Public Affairs, and the lecture is held in the fall at American University during the orientation of the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program. 


Nominations and self-nominations close at 12:00am EST on Friday, February 14, 2020.  



Barbara Sinclair Award Committee

Chair: TBA

About Barbara Sinclair
Barbara Sinclair taught at the University of California, Riverside, and University of California, Los Angeles, and was a member of the 1978-1979 class of APSA Congressional Fellows. She served her fellowship placement with House Majority Leader Jim Wright of Texas. She published the seminal work Majority Leadership in the U.S. House after her fellowship year and authored landmark studies of Congress throughout her career. Dr. Sinclair left a lasting mark not only for her scholarship but also for her service to the discipline. She was a dedicated mentor to new groups of scholars and served for many years as a member of the Congressional Fellowship Program Advisory Committee.  
Year Recipient Affiliation
2019 Frances Lee Princeton University