Women and Politics Research (Section 16)

The purpose of this section is to foster the study of women and politics within the discipline of political science.

Founded: 1986
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Website: Women and Politics Research
Journal: Politics & Gender
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Section Officers

Shauna Shames
Rutgers University-Camden

Merike Blofield
University of Miami

Eileen Hunt Botting
Notre Dame University

Amy Atchison
Valparaiso University

Caroline Beer
University of Vermont

Journal Editor
Politics & Gender
Mary Caputi
California State University, Long Beach
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2019 Annual Meeting Program Chair
Nandini Deo
Lehigh University
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Eileen McDonagh
Mortheastern University
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Term: 09/2017-08/2019
Shan-Jan Sarah Liu, University of Edinburgh 
Nandini Deo, Lehigh University

Term: 09/2018-08/2020
Nadia Brown, Purdue University
Nancy Hirschman, University of Pennsylvania

Graduate Student Representative:
Cathy Wineinger, Rutgers University


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 16. Women and Politics Research awards to-date »

Best Dissertation Prize

The Best Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation on women and politics completed and accepted in the previous year. Nominations should be made by a member of the dissertation committee and include a nomination letter speaking to the work’s strengths and contribution to feminist scholarship on politics.

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2019

Award Committee:

Dawn Teele

University of Pennsylvania

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Sonali Chakravarti

Wesleyan University

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Katharine Wright

Newcastle University

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Best Paper Award

The Best Paper Award presented for the best paper presented at the previous year’s annual meeting in the field of women and politics.

Nomination Instructions: Self-nominations and nominations by others are welcome. To be considered for this award, one copy of the article should be sent electronically to each committee member.

Deadline for nominations: April 1, 2019


Award Committee:

Erica Townsend-Bell

Oklahoma State University

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Alba Alonso Alvarez

University of Santiago de Compostela

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Michaele Ferguson

University of Colorado

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The Okin-Young Award in Feminist Political Theory

The Okin-Young Award in Feminist Political Theory, co-sponsored by Women and Politics, Foundations of Political Theory, and the Women’s Caucus for Political Science, commemorates the scholarly, mentoring, and professional contributions of Susan Moller Okin and Iris Marion Young to the development of the field of feminist political theory. This annual award recognizes the best paper on feminist political theory published in an English language academic journal during the previous calendar year.

Nomination Instructions: All nominations should be sent to the committee chair.

Deadline for nominations: February 15, 2019
Award Committee:


Ainsley LeSure, Chair

Occidental College

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Molly Scudder

Purdue University

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Jemima Repo

Newcastle University

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