Gladys M. Kammerer Award 

Nominations for the 2024 APSA Awards have closed.

The Kammerer Award honors the best book published 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

  • 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 2024 award must be published in 2023). 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. Edited books are ineligible for nomination.

  • 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.

Gladys M. Kammerer Award Committee

Chair: Anna M. Mahoney
Dartmouth College

Dr. Andrew O' Geen
Davidson College

Emily Pears
Claremont McKenna College

Year Recipient Title Publisher


R. Douglas Arnold

Fixing Social Security: The Politics of Reform in a Polarized Age

Princeton University Press


Christopher Witko, Nathan J. Kelly and Peter K. Enns

Hijacking the Agenda: Economic Power and Political Influence

Russell Sage Foundation


James Curry and Frances Lee

The Limits of Party: Congress and Lawmaking in a Polarized Era

University of Chicago Press


Amy E. Lerman

Good Enough for Government Work: The Public Reputation Crisis in America (And What We Can Do to Fix It

University of Chicago Press


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

We are continually grateful for the contributions from APSA members and friends that make our work possible. Your donation helps continue the Kammerer Award for future scholars researching U.S. national policy. Thank you for your support of APSA and scholars across the discipline.

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