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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Journal: Politics and Religion; published 4 times per year; print and online access.
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Section Officers

Matthew Scherer
George Mason University

Vice-Chair and 

Nukhet Sandal
Ohio University

Amy Erica Smith
Iowa State University

2019 Annual Meeting Program Chairs
Christopher Hale
University of Alabama
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Avital Livny
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Journal Editors
Politics and Religion
Elizabeth Oldmixon
University of North Texas
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Benjamin Gaskins, Lewis and Clark College
Nukhet Sandal, Ohio University
Tanya B. Schwarz, Hollins University
Andre Audette
Andrea Hatcher
Amy Eric Smith

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 contact the Committee chair for further details.

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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: Please submit nominations to the chair of the committee.

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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 EACH member of the awards committee by the nomination deadline. 

Self nominations are welcome.

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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 is okay) including an electronic copy of the paper and an electronic copy of the conference program listing to the committee chair.

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Weber Best Conference Paper Award
Weber Best Conference Paper Award
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