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Foundations of Political Theory (Section 17)

The Foundations of Political Theory Section exists to advance the linkage of political theory and philosophy with political science as a discipline. Foundations recognizes and encourages research and teaching that crosses intellectual and disciplinary boundaries. It stands at and seeks to support the intersection where philosophical, psychological, normative, and empirical approaches and problems meet. Foundations, as the name suggests, aims to study the more permanent dimensions of political life ranging from the design of institutions and political practices to the terms and concepts used to interpret the former. At the Foundations web site, you will find information about the section, including its officers, its newsletter, and a 'bookstore' where you can browse past and new titles in political theory. One new feature is a listing of job opportunities for political theorists and recent placements. If you are not already a member of the section, we hope that you will join us.

Founded: 1987
Yearly membership dues: $0.00 for students and $10.00 for other members.
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Section Officers

Chair
Robyn Marasco
Hunter College, CUNY
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Treasurer
Tamara Metz
Reed College
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2019 Annual Meeting Program Chairs
Sonali Chakravarti
Wesleyan College
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Alexander Hirsch
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
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Council
Arash Abizadeh, McGill University
Paulina Ochoa Espejo, Haverford College
Juliet Hooker, Brown University
James Ingram, McMaster University
Shirin Deylami, Western Washington University
Ainsley LeSure, Occidental College

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 17. Foundations of Political Theory awards to-date »

Best Paper Award

Best Paper Award is given for the best paper presented on a Foundations panel at the previous year's APSA Annual Meeting. Nominations are limited to presenters untenured as of September, 2018. Nominations, including a digital copy of the paper presented, should be sent via email, to the chair by February 15.

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Deadline for nominations: February 15, 2019

Award Committee
Sharon Stanley
University of Memphis
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Andrew Dilts
Loyola Marymount University
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Torrey Shanks
University of Toronto
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David Easton Award

The David Easton Award is given for a book that broadens the horizons of contemporary political science by engaging issues of philosophical significance in political life through any of a variety of approaches in the social sciences and humanities. Those who wish to have books considered for this award (whether they be publishers, authors, or other would-be nominators) should contact the publisher, and have a copy of the book sent to each of the committee members, no later than February 15. When possible, digital access for each member is also requested.

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Deadline for nominations: February 15, 2019

Award Committee:
Kevin Olson
University of California, Irvine
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Lawrie Balfour
University of Virginia
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Patchen Markell
Cornell University
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First Book Award

The First Book Award is given for a first book by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career in the area of political theory or political philosophy. Those who wish to have books considered for this award (whether they be publishers, authors, or other would-be nominators) should contact the publisher, and have a copy of the book sent to each of the committee members, no later than February 15. When possible, digital access for each member is also requested.

Previous recipients »

Deadline for Nominations: February 15, 2019

Award Committee:
Margaret Kohn
University of Toronto
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Lisa Ellis
University of Otago
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Antonio Vazquez-Arroyo
Rutgers University
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Susan Okin Iris Marion Young Award

The Okin-Young Award is co-sponsored by Women and Politics, Foundations of Political Theory, and the Women's Caucus for Political Science.  This award 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.  Papers will be considered by self-nomination or nomination by other individuals.  The award carries a cash award of $600.  To be eligible, the article must have been published in 2018.  To be considered for this award, one copy of the article should be sent to the Chair of the committee.

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Deadline for nominations: February 15, 2019

Award Committee:
Ainsley LeSure
Occidental College
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