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Religion and Politics (Section 11)*

The purpose of this section is to encourage the study of the interrelations between religion and politics, including the politics of religious pluralism; law, religion and governance; faith, practice and political behavior; and the politics of secularism, in the United States as well as in a comparative, historical, and global perspective.

Founded: 1986
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Website: https://connect.apsanet.org/s11/
Journal: Politics and Religion; published 4 times per year; print and online access.
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Section Officers

Chair
Nukhet A. Sandal
Ohio University

Vice-Chair and 
Chair-Elect

Amy Erica Smith
Iowa State University

Treasurer
Güneş Murat Tezcür
University of Central Florida

2020 Annual Meeting Program Chairs
Andrew Lewis, University of Cincinnati
[email protected]

Sultan Tepe, Univerisity of Illinois, Chicago
[email protected]

Journal Editors
Politics and Religion
Elizabeth Oldmixon
University of North Texas
[email protected]

Council
Term: 9/2018-8/2020
Andrea Hatcher, The University of the South
Andre Audette, Monmouth College

Term: 9/2019-8/2021
Rina Williams, University of Cincinnati
Christopher Hale, University of Alabama

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.

All section 11. Religion and Politics awards to-date »

Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award

Religion and Politics Section invites nominations for the Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award. The Aaron Wildavsky Award recognizes the best dissertation in the field of religion and politics. Eligible dissertations have been defended in the last two years, and should make a distinctive contribution to the study of religion and politics, broadly understood. Please submit nominations to the chair of the committee – self-nominations are welcome! 

Nomination Instructions: Please send a letter of nomination (maximum 2 pages) and a copy of the dissertation to the committee chair by April 15, 2020.

Award Committee:
Chair
Christopher Hale, University of Alabama
[email protected]

David Buckley, University of Louisville
[email protected]

Jason Klocek, University of Notre Dame
[email protected]

 

Weber Best Conference Paper Award

The Best Paper Award recognizes the best paper dealing with religion and politics presented at the previous years APSA Annual Meeting.  The paper should address a timely and relevant topic, within the discipline and beyond, in a theoretically innovative and methodologically thorough manner.  Please submit nominations to the chair of the committee.

Nomination Instructions: Deadline for nominations is April 15, 2020.

Award Committee:
Chair
Andre Audette, Monmouth College
[email protected]

Cynthia Burack, Ohio State University
[email protected]

Jonathan Chu, University of Pennsylvania
[email protected]

 

Hubert Morken Best Book Award

We would like to invite nominations for APSA’s Hubert Morken Best Book Award.  The Hubert Morken Award is given for the best book dealing with religion and politics published during the last two years. The criteria for the award include the originality of the argument presented, quality of the research, innovative methods, readability of the text and the policy or practical implications of the scholarship. 

To be eligible for the award, books must have been published in the prior year (i.e. published in 2018 for the 2019 award). The nomination should include a brief statement (250-750 words) summarizing the book’s contributions and why it is nominated for the award. This statement can be sent by email. As part of the nomination, publishers should send a copy of the nominated book to all members of the awards committee by the nomination deadline. 

Nomination Instructions: Self nominations are welcome. Deadline for nominations is March 15, 2020.

Award Committee:
Chair
Rina Williams, University of Cincinnati
[email protected]

Jonathan Agensky, Ohio University
[email protected]

Quin Monson, Brigham Young University
[email protected]

 

Ken Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award

The Kenneth D. Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award will be given annually to a conference paper studying any aspect of religion and politics presented by a Ph.D. student in political science. The conference can be affiliated with any of the US-based political science associations or a conference affiliated with another association, such as the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the American Academy of Religion, the Middle East Studies Association, or the International Studies Association, as long as the paper was written by a student or students enrolled in a graduate program in political science. Papers written with faculty will not be considered. Papers presented at poster sessions are welcome. The award will be announced and presented at the annual APSA conference during the business meeting. The award committee is under no obligation to make an award if no submissions merit such recognition.

Nomination Instructions: Please send nominations (self-nomination are welcome) including an electronic copy of the paper and an electronic copy of the conference program listing to the committee chair. Deadline for nominations is April 30, 2020.

Award Committee:
Chair
Güneş Murat Tezcür, University of Central Florida
[email protected]

Consuelo Amat, Stanford University
[email protected]

Kikue Hamayostu, Northern Illinois University
[email protected]
 

Ted Jelen Best Journal Article in Politics and Religion Award

 This award is presented for the best article published in Politics and Religion in the 2019 calendar year.

Award Committee:
Amy Erica Smith, Iowa State University
[email protected]

Elizabeth Oldmixon, University of North Texas
[email protected]

John Compton, Chapman University
[email protected]
 

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Oustanding Scholar in Religion and Politics Award

The Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Outstanding Scholar Award recognizes a scholar who has made outstanding contributions to the field of religion and politics. These contributions should be through a combination of excellent and widely influential scholarship, policy input/impact, public engagement, service, teaching, and mentorship. Although the committee highly encourages nominations of APSA members and takes service to APSA seriously, nominees do not have to be current APSA members. The nominees are expected to attend the following year’s APSA Annual Meeting and participate in the roundtable organized in to celebrate their work.

The award is presented annually, following a review of applications by the committee. The winner will be honored with a plaque, a monetary award of $500, and a roundtable symposium honoring their work at the APSA Annual Meeting of the next calendar year. (The 2020 Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Awardee will be honored at the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting both during the business meeting and the roundtable).

The award is intended as an addition to, not replacement for, the practice of awarding special ‘lifetime achievement awards’ for scholars who have made substantial contributions to the Section on the event of their retirement. Instead, this is meant to reward political scientists (including those who are mid-career) who have made a substantial contribution to the field of religion and politics.

Nomination Instructions: Nomination letters and the CVs of the nominees are due to the Committee Chair, Ben Gaskins, ([email protected]) by April 15, 2020. The nomination letter should clearly describe how the nominee fulfills the criteria described above. Since this award is meant to reflect peer recognition, self-nominations will not be considered. The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2020.

Award Committee:
Ben Gaskins, Lewis & Clark College
[email protected]

Tanya Schwarz, American Political Science Association
[email protected]

Andrea Hatcher, The University of the South
[email protected]

Weber Best Conference Paper Award

Weber Best Conference Paper Award
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