Politics, Literature, and the Arts (Section 30)

The study of literature and the arts offers political scientists a particularly stimulating mode of inquiry into political institutions and principles, and into the ways of life that sustain them and are, in turn, shaped by them. Indeed, the creation of this division is itself a sign of the complex and changing landscape of the study of politics. The Section explores the way in which literature--broadly understood to include film and other literary genres--provides unique insights into the nature of political life and the study of politics.

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Founded: 1993

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Section Awards

Section awards are presented during the APSA annual meeting awards ceremony. To learn more about any award listed, contact the award committee chair for the award.

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Pamela Jensen Book Award

The Pamela Jensen Book Award is for books that publish research in the areas of politics, literature, and film in the preceding three calendar years.
Deadline for nominations: Not Awarded in 2022

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Not Awarded in 2022    

Wilson Carey McWilliams Award

The Wilson Carey McWilliams Best Paper Award is given for the best paper presented at the previous year’s APSA Annual Meeting. Please submit nominations to the award committee below.

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Adriana Alfaro Altamirano


Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Mexico City [email protected]
  Erica Kunimoto University of Toronto [email protected]
Katherine M. Robiadek Hood College [email protected]