Robert A. Dahl Award 

Nominations for the 2024 APSA Awards have closed.

The Dahl Award honors an untenured scholar who has produced scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of democracy.

The award was established in honor of Dr. Robert Dahl, who served as APSA President in 1966.  The award is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and carries a cash prize of $750. 

Nomination Information

  • Eligibility: Self-nominations are accepted.  Nominees do not have to be members of APSA, affiliated with an institution in the United States, or an American citizen in order to be considered for an award.  It is not compulsory that authors be political scientists.

    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. Co-authored papers are not eligible if the co-author(s) are tenured.

    Scholarship eligible for the Dahl Award includes books, papers, reports, and articles on the subject of democracy. You may submit one item per nomination: one book, one article, one paper, etc.

    Books must have been published in the previous calendar year to be eligible for the current awards cycle (books for the 2024 award must be published in 2023). Many books contain both a publication date and a copyright date, and these may differ. Eligibility is determined by the earlier of these dates that is printed with the publication information at the front of the book.
  • If you are nominating a book:
  • Individuals: Please contact the publisher and ask for either an eBook to submit via the online application portal or to have a physical copy of the nominated book mailed directly to each award committee member.

    Self-nominations are accepted.  If you nominate yourself for a book award, you assume responsibility for contacting your publisher and having copies of your book sent to the award committee either virtually or via mail.

  • Publishers: Please submit your nomination online through the APSA application portal.  You have the option to either submit an eBook via the portal or mail a hard copy of the nominated book directly to each member of the award committee.


Robert A. Dahl Award Committee

Chair: Sheena Chestnut Greitens
University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Michael J. Coppedge
University of Notre Dame

Dr. Robin Harding
University of Oxford

Year Recipient Title


Aram Hur

Narratives of Civic Duty: How National Stories Shape Democracy in Asia


Elizabeth Nugent

After Repression: How Polarization Derails Democratic Transition


Mai Hassan

Regime Threats and State Solutions: Bureaucratic Loyalty and Embeddedness in Kenya

2020 Ashley E. Nickels Power, Participation and Protest in Flint, Michigan: Unpacking the Policy Paradox of Municipal Takeovers (Temple University Press)
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 The Business of America is Lobbying: How Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More Corporate

We are continually grateful for the contributions from APSA members and friends that make our work possible. Your donation helps continue the Dahl Award for future scholars researching the subject of democracy. Thank you for your support of APSA and scholars across the discipline.

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