Politics, Literature, and Film (Section 30)

The study of literature and film offers political scientists a particularly stimulating mode of inquiry into political institutions and principles, and into the ways of life that sustain them and are, in turn, shaped by them. Indeed, the creation of this division is itself a sign of the complex and changing landscape of the study of politics. The Section explores the way in which literature--broadly understood to include film and other literary genres--provides unique insights into the nature of political life and the study of politics.

Founded: 1993
Yearly membership dues: $0.00 for students and $5.00 for other members.
Facebook Page: Politics, Literature, and Film Facebook Group
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Section Officers

Rob Watkins
Columbia College, Chicago

Chair Elect
Michelle Kundmueller
Old Dominion University

Katherine Robiadek
Boston University

2020 Annual Meeting Program Chair
Rob Watkins
Columbia College, Chicago


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.

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Pamela Jensen Book Award

The Pamela Jensen Book Award is for books that publish research in the areas of politics, literature, and film.

Nomination Deadline: This prize is awarded once every three years.  The next award will be given in 2020/21

Award Committee:

Wilson Carey McWilliams Award

The Wilson Carey McWilliams Best Paper Award is given for the best paper presented at the previous year’s APSA Annual Meeting.

Nomination Deadline: September 30, 2019

Award Committee:
Davide Panagia
University of California, Los Angeles
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Lori Marso
Union College
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Linda Beail
Point Loma Nazerene University
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Wilson Carey McWilliams Best Paper Award
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