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Democracy and Autocracy (Section 35)

The Democracy and Autocracy section exists to promote the analysis of the origins, processes, and outcomes of democratization among nations, spur communication among political scientists whose scholarship focuses on particular world regions, and stimulate greater involvement within APSA of political scientists working in various areas like Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the Far East, Europe, and the countries of the former Soviet Union.

Founded: 2000
Website: https://connect.apsanet.org/s35/
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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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Best Article Award

Single-authored or co-authored articles focusing on democratization and/or the development and dynamics of democracy and authoritarianism, published in print in 2021 are eligible. Nominations and self-nominations are encouraged. Copies of the article should be sent by email to each of the committee members by March 18, 2022. Deadline for nominations: March 18, 2022

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Sharan Grewal (Chair) College of William & Mary [email protected]
Matt Graham George Washington University  [email protected]
Vilde Djuve University of Oslo [email protected]

Best Book Award

Given for the best book focusing on democratization and/or the development and dynamics of democracy and authoritarianism, published in print in 2021. Copies of the nominated book should be sent to each committee member by mail by March 18, 2022. Deadline for nominations: March 18, 2022

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email Address
Daniel Mattingly (Chair) Yale University [email protected]  
Guillermo Trejo University of Notre Dame [email protected]  
Sandra Ley   CIDE [email protected] Sandra Ley  
Zempoala 67, Apt. 403
Col. Narvarte Oriente 
Benito Juarez
Ciudad de México 
México 03023

Best Fieldwork Award

This prize rewards dissertation students who conduct innovative and difficult fieldwork on the topics of democratization and/or the development and dynamics of democracy and authoritarianism. Scholars who are currently writing their dissertations or who completed their dissertations in 2021 are eligible. Candidates must submit two chapters of their dissertation and a letter of nomination from the chair of their dissertation committee describing the field work. The material submitted must describe the field work in detail and should provide one or two key insights from the evidence collected in the field. The chapters should be sent electronically to each committee member by March 18, 2022. Deadline for nominations: March 18, 2022

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Mashail Malik (Chair) Harvard University [email protected]
Michelle Weitzel University of Basel [email protected]
Alexis Lerner Western University [email protected]

Best Paper Award

Given to the best paper on democratization and/or the development and dynamics of democracy and authoritarianism presented at the 2021 APSA Convention. Papers can be nominated by panel chairs or discussants. Self-submissions are allowed. Please send electronic copies of the papers to the committee members by March 18, 2022. Deadline for nominations: March 18, 2022

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Erin Lin (Chair) Ohio State University [email protected]
Nikhar Gaikwad Columbia University [email protected]
Noah Zucker Columbia University [email protected]

Juan Linz Best Dissertation Award

Given for the best dissertation on democratization and/or the development and dynamics of democracy and authoritarianism completed and accepted in the two calendar years immediately prior to the 2022 APSA Annual Meeting (i.e., 2020 or 2021). The prize can be awarded to analyses of individual country cases as long as they are clearly cast in a comparative perspective. An emailed copy of the dissertation, accompanied by a letter of support from a member of the dissertation committee, should be sent to each member of the prize selection committee by March 18, 2022. Deadline for nominations: March 18, 2022

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Jane Esberg (Chair) Intl Crisis Group   [email protected]
Irfan Nooruddin Georgetown University [email protected]
David Art Tufts University [email protected]