Gladys M. Kammerer Award 

Nominations are now closed.

The Gladys M. Kammerer Award honors the best book published during the previous calendar year in the field of U.S. national policy.

The award is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and carries a cash prize of $1,000. 

Nomination Information

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

Gladys Kammerer Award Committee

Chair: Diane J. Heith, Ph.D.
Department of Government and Politics
St. Johns University 
8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439

Daniel Gillion
3901 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Brian Schaffner
Tufts University
Packard Hall, 4 The Green
Medford, MA 02155

2019 Award Recipient 

hertel fernandez

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez
is an assistant professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, where he studies American political economy, with a focus on the politics of business, labor, wealthy donors, and policy. His most recent book, State Capture, examines how networks of conservative activists, right-leaning donors, and businesses built organizations to successfully reshape public policy across the states and why progressives failed in similar efforts. His previous book, Politics at Work, examines how employers are increasingly recruiting their workers into politics to change elections and policy. He has published his research in leading peer-reviewed journals in political science and policy, as well as in the American Prospect, Democracy Journal, the Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Vox, among other outlets. He received his PhD in government and social policy from Harvard University and is currently a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation.

Year Recipient Title Publisher


Alexander Hertel-Fernandez

Politics at Work: How Companies Turn Their Workers into Lobbyists

Oxford University Press


Sarah Binder and Mark Spindel

The Myth of Independence: How Congress Governs the Federal Reserve

Princeton University Press


Gary J. Miller and Andrew B. Whitford

Above Politics: Bureaucratic Discretion and Credible Commitment

Cambridge University Press


Helen V. Milner and Dustin Tingley

Sailing the Water's Edge: The Domestic Politics of American Foreign Policy

Princeton University Press


Craig Volden and Alan Wiseman

Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress

Cambridge University Press


Nicholas Carnes

White-Collar Government

University of Chicago Press


Betsy Sinclair

The Social Citizen: Peer Networks and Political Behavior

University of Chicago Press


Sean D. Ehrlich

Access Points

Oxford University Press


Sean Farhang

The Litigation State: Public Regulation and Private Lawsuits in the U.S.

Princeton University Press


Margot Canaday

The Straight State:  Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America

Princeton University Press


Anthony S. Chen

The Fifth Freedom:  Jobs, Politics, and Civil Rights in the United States, 1941-1972

Princeton University Press


Larry Bartels

Unequal Democracy

Princeton University Press


Dara Z. Stolovitch

Affirmative Advocacy: Race, Class and Gender

University of Chicago Press


Frank R. Baumgartner, Suzanna L. DeBoef, and Amber E. Boydstun

The Decline of the Death Penalty and the Discovery of Innocence

Cambridge University Press


Benjamin I. Page and Marshall M. Bouton

The Foreign Policy Disconnect:  What Americans Want from Our Leaders But Don’t Get

University of Chicago Press


Jonas Pontusson

Inequality and Prosperity: Social Europe vs. Liberal America

Cornell University Press


Suzanne Mettler

Soldiers to Citizens: The G.I. Bill and the Making of the Greatest Generation

Oxford University Press


Charles T. Clotfelter

After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation

Princeton University Press


Geoffrey R. Stone

Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from The Sedition Act of 1798 to The War on Terrorism

W.W. Norton & Company


Gerry Mackie

Democracy Defended

Cambridge University Press

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, and many other scholars like him, are able to receive international recognition for their work thanks to the support from individual donations. Please consider making a donation to continue the Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the next deserving scholar.

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