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
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Section Officers

Merike Blofield
University of Miami

Eileen Hunt Botting
Notre Dame University

Amy Atchison
Valparaiso University

Caroline Beer
University of Vermont

Journal Editors
Politics & Gender
Susan Franceschet
University of Calgary
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Christina Wolbrecht
University of Notre Dame
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2019 Annual Meeting Program Chair
Melanie Hughes
University of Pittsburgh
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Monica Schneider
Miami University
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Term: 09/2018-08/2020
Nadia Brown, Purdue University
Nancy Hirschman, University of Pennsylvania

Term: 09/2019-08/2021
Alice Kang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Shirin Rai, University of Warwick

Graduate Student Representative:
Alejandra Gimenez Aldridge, Stanford 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, 2020

Award Committee:

Magda Hinojosa
Arizona State University
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Hind Ahmed Zaki
University of Connecticu
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Susanne Zwingel
Florida International Universit
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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, 2020

Award Committee:

Nicholas Winter
University of Virginia
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Sabrina Karim
Cornell University
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Angelika Von Wahl
Lafayette College
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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, 2020

Award Committee:

Jillian Locke
Gustavus Adolphus College
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Best Paper on Race and Instersectionality Award

Best paper addressing intersectionality presented at the previous year’s annual meeting. The scope of the award recognizes the roots of intersectional analysis in a critical analysis of Black women's lived experiences, while also allowing for a more expansive reading of identity politics that takes into account multiple subjectivities and experiences, both within and outside the United States.

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

Dealine for nominations: April 1, 2020

Award Committee:

Nadia Brown
Purdue University
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Karen Celis Vrije
Universiteit Brussel
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