Foundations of Political Theory Section Award Recipients

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Best Paper Award
David Easton Award
First Book Award

Okin-Young Award in Feminist Political Theory

Best Paper Award

The Best Paper Award is given for the best paper presented on a foundations panel at the previous year’s APSA Annual Meeting.


Anna Jurkevics, The University of British Columbia
Westphalia and the Hidden Tradition of Contested Territory.”


Murad Idris, University of Virginia
Founding Kazanistan: The Muslim Question in the John Rawls Archives”

2019   Cigdem Cidam, Union College
“Rousseau's Disastrous Utopias? On the Interchangeability of Political Theory, Pedagogy and Art.”
2018 Sophie Smith, Oxford University
“Okin, Rawls, and the ‘Quest for Legitimacy’.”
2017  Zach Reyna, Johns Hopkins University
"Bovine Bellow and Aquiline Vision: Aquinas' Ecological Approach to Law & Politics"
2016  Josh Simon, Columbia University
“Jose Marti’s Immanent Critique of American Imperialism” 
2015  Alex Gourevitch, Brown University
"Quitting Work But Not the Job: Liberty and the Right to Strike." 
2014 Brandon Terry, Yale University
"Rawls, Race, and Critique: Engaging with Charles Mills' The Racial Contract"
2014 Eline Severs, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
"Determining the Quality of Women’s Substantive Representation: A Study of Muslem Women’s Voice and Influence in the Belgian Headscarf Debate."
2012 Jane Gordon, Temple University
Theorizing Contemporary Practices of Slavery
2011 Lisa Blaydes, Stanford University
"How Does Islamist Local Governance Affect the Lives of Women?: A Comparative Study of Two Cairo Neighborhoods"
2011 Farah Godrej, University of California, Riverside
"Gandhi's Body: Asceticism, Pain and Suffering in Environmental Political Discourse"
2010 Philip Michelbach, West Virginia University
"Renewing Democratic Authority: Hamlet's Politics with (and against) Carl Schmitt"
2010 Andrew Poe, University of California, San Diego
"Renewing Democratic Authority: Hamlet's Politics with (and against) Carl Schmitt"
2006 Patchen Markell, University of Chicago
"The Insufficiency of Non-Domniation"
2005 Samuel Chambers, University of Wales Swansea
"The Alterirty of the Present: Reading Sexuality in Six Feet Under"
2003 Leigh Jenco, University of Chicago
"Representing a Noble Heart: Thoreau's Critique of Democracy"
2002 Lawrie Balfour, University of Virginia
"The Argument of John Brown"
2002 Roy Tsao, Georgetown University
"Arendt Against Athens: Rereading the Human Condition"
2001 Jennifer Pitts, Yale University
"Legislator of the World? A Rereading of Bentham on India."
1999 Albert Dzur, Univerity of Utah
"Comprehensive Liberal Politics and the Fact of Pluralism"
1998 Kennan Ferguson, University of Hawaii
"Communities of Meaning: Toward a Kantian Non-Universal Judgment"
1997 Elizabeth Wingrove, University of Michigan
"Republican Romance"


David Easton Award

The David Easton Award is given for a book that broadens the horizons of contemporary political science by engaging issues of philosophical significance in political life through any of a variety of approaches in the social sciences and humanities.

2023 Tommie Shelby, Harvard University
The Idea of Prison Abolition
2023 William E. Connoll, Johns Hopkins University
Resounding Events
2022 Ellen Hunt Botting, University of Notre Dame 
Artificial Life After Frankenstein. University of Pennsylvania, 2021.
2021 Cressida Heyes, University of Alberta
Anaesthetics of Experience. Duke University Press, 2020.
2021 Honorable Mention
Mahmood Mandani
Neither Settler Nor Native. Harvard University Press, 2020.

Murad Idris, University of Virginia
War for Peace: Genealogies of a Violent Ideal in Western and Islamic Thought. Oxford 2019.


Honorable Mention
Lida Maxwell, Boston University
Insurgent Truths: Chelsea Manning and the Politics of Outsider Truth-Telling. Oxford 2019.

2019 Jill Frank, Cornell University
Poetic Justice: Rereading Plato’s Republic. University of Chicago Press, 2018.
2018 Clare Chambers, University of Cambridge
Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defense of the Marriage-Free State. Oxford University Press. 2017.
2018 Barbara Arneil, University of British Columbia
Domestic Colonies: The Turn Inward to Colony. Oxford University Press. 2017.
2017  Margaret Kohn, The Death and Life of the Urban Commonwealth (New York: Oxford
University Press, 2016
2016    Patrick Wolfe, past university affiliations include: University of Melbourne, Victoria University and La Trobe University
Traces of History:  Elementary Structures of Race. Verso 2015 
2015  Michael Shapiro, University of Hawaii at Mānoa

War Crimes, Atrocity, and Justice. Polity Press, 2015.

2015  Joan Cocks, Mount Holyoke College 
On Sovereignty and Other Political Delusions. Bloomsbury, 2014
2014 Joseph Carens, University of Toronto
The Ethics of Immigration. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013
2014 Honorable Mention
Philip Petit, Princeton University
On the People’s Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy. Cambridge University Press, 2012
2013 Tracy B Strong, UCSD Distinguished Professor emeritus / Professor. University of Southampton (UK)
Politics without Vision: ‘Thinking without a Banister’ in the Twentieth Century (Chicago)
2012 Bonnie Honig, Northwestern University
Emergency Politics:  Paradox, Law, Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2011)
2012 Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley
Walled States, Waning Sovereignty (Zone Books, 2010)
2011 Joseph Schwartz, Temple University
The Future of Democratic Equality: Rebuilding Social Solidarity in a Fragmented America
2010 George Shulman, New York University
American Prophecy: Race and Redemption in American Political Culture
2009 Carol Gould, George Mason University
Globalizing Democracy (Cambridge University Press)
2007 Quentin Skinner
Visions of Politics (Three Volumes), Cambridge University Press, 2002
2006 Henry Richardson, Georgetown University
Democratic Autonomy: Public Reasoning about the Ends of Policy (Oxford University Press, 2003)
2005 Ira Katznelson, Columbia University
"Desolation and Enlightenment. Political Knowledge After Total War, Totalitarianism and the Holocaust" (Columbia University Press, 2003)
2004 Scott Althaus, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Collective Preferences in Democratic Politics: Opinion Surveys and the Will of the People (Cambridge University Press, 2003)
2003 Sheldon Wolin
Tocqueville Between Two Worlds: The Making of Political and Theoretical Life. (Princeton University Press 2001)
2002 Nancy Rosenblum, Harvard University
Membership and Morals: The Personal Uses of Pluralism in America
2001 Rogers Smith, University of Pennsylvania
Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History
2000 Jennifer Hochschild, Harvard University
Facing the American Dream: Race, Class, and the Soul of the Nation (Princeton University Press, 1999)
1999 David Laitin, Stanford University
Identity in Formation: The Russian-Speaking Populations in the Near Abroad (Cornell University Press, 1998)
1998 Robert Putnam, Harvard University
Making Democracy Work (Princeton University Press, 1993)
1997 Jürgen Habermas
Between Facts and Norms (MIT Press 1996)


First Book Award
The First Book Award is given for a first book by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career in the area of political theory or political philosophy.

2023 Stefan Eich, Georgetown University
The Currency of Politics. Princeton University Press.
2023 Honorable Mention
Irit Katz, University of Cambridge
The Common Camp. University of Minnesota Press.
2022 Erin Pineda, Smith College
Seeing Like an Activist: Civil Disobedience and the Civil Rights Movement. Oxford, 2021.
2022 Zeynep Pamuk, University of San Diego
Politics and Expertise: How to Use Science in a Democratic Society. Princeton, 2021.
2021 Kyong-Min Son, University of Delaware
The Eclipse of the Demos: The Cold War and the Crisis of Democracy before Neoliberalism. University Press of Kansas, 2020.
2021 Honorable Mention
Sara Rushing, Montana State University
The Virtues of Vulnerability. Oxford University Press, 2020.

Adom Getachew, University of Chicago
Worldmaking After Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination. Chicago 2019.


Honorable Mention
Jairus Grove, University of Hawaii
Savage Ecology: War and Geopolitics at the End of the World. Duke 2019.

2019 Yves Winter, McGill University
Machiavelli and the Orders of Violence. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
2018   Sina Jo Kramer, Loyola Marymount University
Excluded Within: The (Un)Intelligibility of Radical Political Actors. Oxford University Press. 2017.
2018  Siavash Saffari, Seoul National University
Beyond Shariati: Modernity, Cosmopolitanism, and Islam in Iranian Political Thought. Cambridge University Press. 2017.
2018 Honorable Mention
Angelica Bernal, Universityof Massachusetts, Amherst
Beyond Origins: Rethinking Founding in a Time of Constitutional Democracy. Oxford University Press, 2017.
2017 Joseph J. Fischel
Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent
2016  Neil Roberts, Williams College
Freedom as Marronage. University of Chicago Press 
2016  Shalini Satkunanandan, University of California, Davis
Extraordinary Responsibility: Politics Beyond the Moral Calculus. Cambridge University Press 
2015  Banu Bargu, New School for Social Research
Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons. Columbia University Press, 2014. 
2014 Christopher Lebron, Yale University
The Color of Our Shame: Race and Justice in Our Time (Oxford University Press)

Jeffrey Church
Infinite Autonomy: The Divided Individual in the Political Thought of G. W. F. Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche

2012 Stephen Marshall, University of Texas, Austin
The City on the Hill from Below: The Crisis of Prophetic Black Politics (Temple University Press, 2011)

Jeffrey Green, University of Pennsylvania
The Eyes of the People: Democracy in a Age of Spectatorship

2010 Honorable Mention
Danielle Celermajer, University of Sydney
The Sins of the Nation an dthe Ritual of Apologies (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
2010 Honorable Mention
Mark B. Brown, California State University, Sacramento
Science in Democracy: Expertise, Institutions, and Representation (MIT Press, 2009)
2009 Samantha Frost, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Lessons from a Materialist Thinker (Stanford University Press)
2007 Bryan Garsten, Yale Univesrity
Saving Persuasion: A Defense of Rhetoric and Judgment (Harvard University Press, 2006)
2006 Elisabeth Ellis, Texas A&M University
Kant's Politics: Provisional Theory for an Uncertain World (Yale University Press, 2005)
2006 Jennifer Pitts, Princeton University
A Turn to Empire: Rise of Imperial Liberalism in Britain and France (Princeton University Press, 2005)
2005 Corey Robin, CUNY Brooklyn
Fear: The History of a Political Idea (Oxford University Press, 2004).
2004 Alan Keenan, Bryn Mawr College
Democracy in Question: Democratic Openness in a Time of Political Closure (Stanford University Press, 2003)
2004 Patchen Markell, University of Chicago
Bound by Recognition (Princeton University Press, 2003)
2003 Laura Janara, University of British Columbia
Democracy Growing Up: Authority, Autonomy and Passion in Tocqueville's Democracy in America (SUNY Press)
2002 Ayelet Shachar, University of Toronto
Multicultural Jurisdictions: Cultural Differences and Women's Rights
2002 Honorable Mention
Dan Engster, University of Texas, San Antonio
Multicultural Jurisdictions: Cultural Differences and Women's Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2001)
2001 Sara Monoson, Northwestern University
Plato's Democratic Entanglements
2000 Alan Patten, McGill University
Hegel's Idea of Freedom (Oxford University Press, 1999)
1999 C. Thompson, Ashland University
John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty (University of Kansas Press, 1998)
1999 Melissa Williams, University of Toronto
Voice, Trust, and Memory (Princeton University Press, 1998)
1998 James Bailey, Princeton University
Utilitarianism, Institutions, and Justice (Oxford University Press, 1997)
1997 Simone Chambers, University of Toronto
Reasonable Democracy (Cornell University Press, 1996)
1994 Bonnie Honig, Harvard University
Political Theory and the Displacement of Politics (Cornell University Press, 1993)
1993 Richard Sinopoli, University of California, Davis
The Foundations of American Citizenship and Civic Virtue (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992)
1992 Alan Houston, University of California, San Diego
Algernon Sydney and the Republican Heritage in England and America (Princeton University Press, 1991)
1991 Stephen Leonard, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Political Theory in Political Practice (Princeton University Press, 1990)
1990 William Corlett, Bates College
Community Without Unity: A Politics of Deridian Extravagance (Duke University Press)


The Okin-Young Award in Feminist Political Theory

The Okin-Young Award in Feminist Political Theory, co-sponsored by Women and Politics, Foundations of Political Theory, and the Women’s Caucus for Political Science, commemorates the scholarly, mentoring, and professional contributions of Susan Moller Okin and Iris Marion Young to the development of the field of feminist political theory. This annual award recognizes the best paper on feminist political theory published in an English language academic journal during the previous calendar year.

2023 Danielle Hanley, Clark University
Choreographing Affective Solidarity: The Choral Politics of Responding to Loss.” Theory and Event, 2022.
2023 Katrina Forrester, Harvard University
“Feminist Demands and the Problem of Housework.” American Political Science Review, 2022.
2022 Kimberly Hutchings, Queen Mary University of London
“Women Thinkers and the Canon of International Thought: Recovery, Rejection, and Reconstitution ”American Political Science Review, May 2021.

Patricia Owens, University of Oxford 
“Women Thinkers and the Canon of International Thought: Recovery, Rejection, and Reconstitution” American Political Science Review, May 2021.

2021 Dr. Jemima Repo, Newcastle University 
"Feminist Commodity Activism: The New Political Economy of Feminist Protest."

Menaka Philips, Tulane University
“Feminist Preoccupations: Liberalism as Method in Debates concerning Gender and Culture.” Signs vol. 44, no. 4 (2019).

2019   Heath Fogg Davis, Temple University
“Why the 'transgender' bathroom controversy should make us rethink sex-segregated public bathrooms." Politics, Groups, and Identities 6(2): 199-216.
2019 Honorable Mention
Ashleigh Campi, Loyola Marymount University
“The Unstable Alliance for School Choice: Social Movements and American Neoliberalism.” Polity 50(3): 398-427.
2018 Nina Hagel, Bates College
Alternative Authenticities: Thinking Transgender Without Essence. Theory & Event. 20(3): 599–628. 2017.
2017   Lorna Bracewell, University of Nebraska at Kearney
"Beyond Barnard: Liberalism, Antipornography Feminism, and the Sex Wars." Signs
2016  Jakeet Singh, Illinois State University
"Religious Agency and the Limits of Intersectionality.” Hypatia, Volume 30, Issue 4, pages 657–674, Fall 2015 
2015   Shatema Threadcraft, Dartmouth College
"Intimate Injustice, Political Obligation, and the Dark Ghetto." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 39(3) Spring 2014: 735-760 
2014 Eileen Botting, University of Notre Dame
"Making an American Feminist Icon: Mary Wollstonecraft's Reception in U.S. Newspapers, 1800-1869" (History of Political Thought, 2013)
2013 Lori Marso, Union College
"Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt: Judgments in Dark Times" Political Theory 40(2): 165-193
2012 Bonnie Honig, Northwestern University
Ismene's Forced Choice: Sacrifice and Sorority in Sophocles' Antigone (Arethusa. 44(1))
2011 Jennifer Einspahr, Kalamazoo College
"Structural Domination and Structural Freedom: A Feminist Perspective,"
2010 Ann Towns, University of Delaware
"The Status of Women as a Standard of "Civilization"
2009 Kathy Ferguson, University of Hawaii
"Discourses of Danger: Locating Emma Goldman" Political Theory 36 (5) 735-761"
2009 C. Heike Schotten, University of Massachusetts, Boston
"Nietzche/Pentheus: The Last Disciple of Dionysus and Queer Fear o the Feminine." Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 19 (3) 90-125 
2007 Stephen Leonard, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"The Genders of Citizenship" (American Political Science Review)
2007 Joan Tronto, CUNY, Hunter College
"The Genders of Citizenship" (American Political Science Review)
2007 Tamara Metz, Reed College
"The Liberal Case for Disestablishing Marriage" (Contemporary Political Theory)