William Anderson Award

The William Anderson prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state and local politics. It carries a prize of $750.

The award was set up in honor of William Anderson, former APSA president, who was a leading American authority in the areas of local government, public administration, intergovernmental relations and the history of political science. He did much to shape teaching and research in these fields not only at his own university, but throughout the country. 


Nominations for the 2020 Anderson Award will close on Friday, February 14, 2020.  Please click here to submit a nomination.

List of All William Anderson Award Recipients 


How You Can Help

APSA could not reward achievement in political science without the support we receive from members and friends. Each year, APSA recognizes students and professionals through our awards across political science subfields. These awards, made possible by generous donors and sponsors, identify exceptional research, careers, and service to the discipline by APSA members.

Your donation to the Anderson Award Fund will help us continue to recognize outstanding scholarship on federalism or intergovernmental relations, state and local politics for many years to come.

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Committee Members

William Anderson Award Committee

Chair: Dr. Megan Mullin
Duke University
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Tim Conlan
George Mason University
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Dr. Tracy Osborn
University of Iowa
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