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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 Counts

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Section Officers

Chair
Matthew Scherer
George Mason University
[email protected]

Treasurer
Matthew Scherer
George Mason University
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2018 Annual Meeting Program Chair
Tanya B. Schwarz
Hollins University
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Journal Editors
Politics and Religion
Elizabeth Oldmixon
University of North Texas
[email protected]

Council
Ryan Claassen, Kent State University
Benjamin Gaskins, Lewis and Clark College
Nukhet Sandal, Ohio University
Tanya B. Schwarz, Hollins University
Laura Jenkins, University of Cincinnati

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! 

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Nomination Instructions: Please contact the Committee chair for further details.

Deadline for nominations: April 15, 2018

Award Committee
Dr. Daniel Bennett, Chair
John Brown University
[email protected]

Dr. Jonathan Agensky
Ohio University
[email protected]

Dr. Michelle Margolis
University of Pennsylvania
[email protected]

Ted Jelen Award

This prize is awarded to the best article published in the section's journal Politics and Religion.  The winner of the award is selected by the journal's editors.

Nomination deadline: TBD

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.

Previous recipients »

Nomination Instructions: Please submit nominations to the chair of the committee.

Deadline for nominations: April 15, 2018

Award Committee

Dr. Stacey Gutkowski (Chair)
Senior Lecturer in Conflict Studies
Department of War Studies
King’s College London
[email protected]

Dr. Jonathan C. Agensky
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Ohio University
[email protected]

Dr. Amelie Barras
Assistant Professor
Social Science Department
York University (Toronto, Canada)
[email protected]

Dr. Ben Gaskins
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Lewis & Clark College
[email protected]


 

 

Hubert Morken Best Book Award

We would like to invite nominations for APSA’s 2018 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 2016 or 2017. 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 at the addresses below, making sure that the books arrive by the nomination deadline, March 15th, the latest. 

Self nominations are welcome.

If you have any questions, please contact the committee chair, Nukhet A. Sandal ([email protected]).

Previous recipients »

Nomination Instructions: Publishers should send a copy of the nominated book to EACH member of the awards committee at the addresses below, making sure that the books arrive by the nomination deadline, March 15th, the latest. 

Deadline for Nominations: March 15, 2018

Award Committee

Nukhet A. Sandal
Associate Professor
Ohio University
Department of Political Science
Bentley Annex 259
Athens OH 45701
[email protected] 

Jim Guth
Professor
Department of Politics and International Affairs
111T Johns Hall
Furman University
Greenville SC 29613
[email protected] 

Ani Sarkissian
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Michigan State University
368 Farm Lane, S303
East Lansing, MI 48824
[email protected] 

Amy Erica Smith
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Iowa State University
503 Ross Hall
Ames, IA 50011
[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 is okay) including an electronic copy of the paper and an electronic copy of the conference program listing to the committee chair.

Deadline for Nominations: April 15, 2018

Award Committee

Dr. Jacob Neiheisel, Chair
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
University at Buffalo
SUNY 422 Park Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
[email protected]

Dr. Quin Monson
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Brigham Young University 745 SWKT
Provo, UT 84602
[email protected]

Dr. Michele Margolis
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Pennsylvania, 243 Stiteler Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104
[email protected]


 

Weber Best Conference Paper Award
Weber Best Conference Paper Award
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