Robert A. Dahl Award

The Robert A. Dahl Award is awarded annually to an untenured scholar who has produced scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of democracy. The award comes with a prize of $750. Non-ladder faculty members and junior tenure-track faculty at universities and colleges are eligible for the Dahl Award, as are scholars at nonprofit organizations and think tanks, and independent scholars. Scholarship eligible for the Dahl Award includes books, papers, reports, and articles on the subject of democracy. 


↕ Submit a Nomination

You may submit one item per nomination: one book, one article, one paper.  You will have the opportunity to upload other supporting documents through this form, such as letters of support for a nominee, or a personal statement if you are making a self-nomination.  If you are nominating a book for the Dahl Award, the individual making the nomination is responsible for contacting the publisher and having copies sent to the award committee.  Mailing addresses for the Dahl committee will be made available below.

Award Committee Information

Chair: Melissa Schwartzberg
New York University
19 W. 4th St., 2nd floor
New York, NY 10012
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Jill Simone Gross
Hunter College
695 Park Avenue
1610 West Bldg
New York, NY 10021-5085
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Daniel Treisman
Department of Political Science
University of California, Los Angeles
4289 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Prior Dahl Award Winners

2019: Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Politics at Work: How Companies Turn Their Workers into Lobbyists

2018: Paul D. Kenny, Populism and Patronage: Why Populists Win Elections in India, Asia, and Beyond

2017: Candelaria Garay, Social Policy Expansion in Latin American

2016: Lee Drutman, New America The Business of America is Lobbying: How Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More Corporate (Oxford University Press)

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