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Ithiel de Sola Pool Award and Lectureship 

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The Ithiel de Sola Pool Award and Lectureship honors a scholar whose research explores a broad range of fields including political theory, political behavior, political communication, science and technology policy, and international affairs.

The triennial award is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and carries a cash prize of $2,000. The recipient delivers the Pool Lecture at the Annual Meeting. The award will be presented again in 2022.

Ithiel deSola Pool Lecture Committee


2019 Award Recipient 

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Samuel Popkin
is professor emeritus of political science at the University of California San Diego. Prior to that he taught at Yale, Harvard and the University of Texas. For the past three years he has taught in the Schwarzman College Scholars Program at Tsinghua University. He received his B.S. in Mathematics and Political Science and his Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT. He has been on the editorial boards of the APSR, the Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Public Policy, and on the Academic Advisory Board for the Pew Research Center.



Year Recipient
2019 Samuel Popkin, University of California, San Diego
2016 Robert Huckfeldt, University of California, Davis
2013 Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan
2010 Kristen Renwick Monroe, University of California, Irvine
2007 Lawrence Lessig, Stanford University Law School
2004 Manuel Castells, University of Southern California; Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
2001 Kathleen Hall Jamieson, University of Pennsylvania
1998 W. Lance Bennett, University of Washington
1995 Robert D. Putnam, Harvard University

The award lecture is published in PS: Political Science & Politics. These articles may be used for personal, non-commercial, or limited classroom use. For permissions for all other uses of this article please contact Cambridge University Press at [email protected]



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