APSA-IPSA Theodore J. Lowi First Book Award

The APSA-IPSA Theodore J. Lowi First Book Award has been established to honor Lowi’s distinctive contributions to the study of politics.  Throughout a prolific and influential career, Lowi developed new understandings of the relationship of public policy to politics, the influence of institutional arrangements to the exercise of power, the role of ideology in the development of political parties, the relationship of democracy to law, the relevance of concept analysis for theory building, and more.

The Lowi Award recognizes the author of a first book in any field of political science that exemplifies qualities of broad ambition, high originality, and intellectual daring, showing promise of having a substantive impact on the overall discipline, regardless of method, specific focus of inquiry or approach to subject.  The award carries a cash prize of $750.00. 

APSA and IPSA will administer and fund the Lowi Award in alternating years.  IPSA will award it at the 2020 IPSA World Congress of Political Science and APSA will award it at the 2021 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.

For questions about the Lowi Award, please contact [email protected]. 


↕ Submit a Nomination

Nominations should be submitted electronically using APSA's form.  Applications for the 2020 award open on September 20, 2019 and close on December 13, 2019.  Please click here to submit a nomination.

This year's prize recognizes books published in the previous calendar year (2019).  Books must be single-author works in order to be eligible for the Lowi Award.

Nominators are responsible for shipping or sending books to the award committee after submitting a nomination.  Shipping information for award committee members is available below.  All books being shipped should be postmarked by no later than Friday, December 13, 2019 in order to be considered.

Award Committee Information

Term expiring August 2020

Chair: Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Müller-Rommel  
Department of Political Science
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Campus 04.023a
21337 Lüneburg

Ana De La O Torres
For US Mail and Packages:
Political Science
      Yale University
      PO Box 208301
      New Haven, CT 06520
For UPS, FedEx, DHL:
      Political Science
      Yale University
      115 Prospect St #208301
      New Haven, CT 06520

Gary Herrigel
Department of Political Science
University of Chicago
5828 S. University Avenue
Chicago, Il 60637

Prior Lowi Award Winners

2019: Stephanie J. Rickard, Cambridge University Press
          Spending to Win: Political Institutions, Economic Geography, and Government Subsidies

2018: Margaret Peters, University of California
         Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization

2017: Dara Kay Cohen, Cornell University Press
         Rape During Civil War

2016: Jennifer Rubenstein, University of Virginia 
         Between Samaritans and States: The Political Ethics of Humanitarian INGOs (Oxford University Press)