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Frank J. Goodnow Award 

Nominations are now closed.



The Frank J. Goodnow Award honors service to the community of teachers, researchers, and public servants who work in the many fields of politics.

The award is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and the recipient receives an engraved crystal bowl.  Frank J. Goodnow, the first president of the American Political Science Association, a pioneer in the development of judicial politics, and former president of Johns Hopkins University, is an exemplar of the public service and volunteerism that this award represents.

Frank J. Goodnow Award Committee


Chair: Arlene W. Saxonhouse
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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Professor James P. Pfiffner
George Mason University
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Dr. Michele L. Swers
Georgetown University
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2019 Award Recipient 

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Jan E. Leighley
is Professor of Government at American University. With research interests in political representation and inequality, she has published papers on voter turnout, political participation and the political behavior of African-Americans and Latinos in the U.S. in a variety of journals, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics. Her most recent book, Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality, and Turnout in the United States (with Jonathan Nagler), examines voter turnout in presidential elections from 1972 to 2008, highlighting the continuing class bias of the voting population relative to the citizen population; the importance of election laws to voter turnout; and the consistent bias of voters having more conservative policy preferences than non-voters. She previously served as editor of American Journal of Political Science (with Kim Quaile Hill, 2001-2004); and 2018-2019), and the Journal of Politics (with Bill Mishler, 2009-2014) and also served as Senior Associate Dean in the School of Public Affairs at American University.



Year Recipient Affiliation

2019

Jan Leighley

American University

2018

John Ishiyama

University of North Texas

2017

Jeff Isaac

Indiana University

2016

Virginia Sapiro

Boston University

2015

K.C. Morrison
Mary Fainsod Katzenstein

Mississippi State University
Cornell University

2014

David Collier
John E. Jackson
Ronald Schmidt

University of California, Berkeley
University of Michigan
California State University, Long Beach

2013

Michael Brintnall
Howard J. Silver

American Political Science Association
Consortium of Social Science Associations

2012

John H. Aldrich

Duke University

2011

Tony Affigne
Robert J-P. Hauck

Providence College
American Political Science Association

2010

Martha Ackelsberg
Kristen Renwick Monroe
Rogers M. Smith

Smith College
University of California, Irvine
University of Pennsylvania

2009

Kenneth Janda

Northwestern University

2008

Paul Sniderman
Judith Stiehm

Stanford University
Florida International University

2007

Paula D. McClain
Lee Sigelman
Frank P. Scioli

Duke University
George Washington University
National Science Foundation

2006

John A. Garcia
Norman J. Ornstein
Kay L. Schlozman

University of Arizona
American Enterprise Institute
Boston College

2005

Paul Allen Beck
Jennifer Hochschild

Ohio State University
Harvard University

2004

M. Margaret Conway
Michael B. Preston

University of Florida
University of Southern California

2003

Dale Rogers Marshall
Jack W. Peltason
Nelson W. Polsby

Wheaton College
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Berkeley

2002

Jean Bethke Elshtain
Fred I. Greenstein
Charles O. Jones

University of Chicago
Princeton University
University of Wisconsin, Madison

2001

F. Chris Garcia
Gerhard Loewenberg
Dianne M. Pinderhughes
Catherine E. Rudder
Frank J. Sorauf

University of New Mexico
University of Iowa
University of Notre Dame
George Mason University
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

2000

Richard F. Fenno Jr.
Betty Glad
Samuel C. Patterson
J. Austin Ranney

University of Rochester 
University of South Carolina 
Ohio State University
University of California, Berkeley