American Political Thought (Section 47)

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The purpose of this section is to facilitate and encourage a uniquely integrative approach to the study of politics that will put scholars of American politics, political theory, American political development, American history, philosophy, American literature, and other related fields in ongoing and fruitful conversation with one another.

Founded: 2016
Yearly membership dues: Students: $25 Print & Electronic Access; $20 Electronic-Only Access*
All other members: $35 Print & Electronic Access; $30 Electronic-Only Access*
*Subscription to American Political Thought included with membership.
Journal: American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture

Section Counts

Section Officers

George Thomas
Claremont McKenna College

Russell Muirhead
Dartmouth College

Phillip Munoz
Notre Dame

Journal Editors: American Political Thought
Jeremy Bailey
University of Houston
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Susan McWilliams
Pomona College
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2020 Annual Meeting Program Chairs
Ken Kersch
Boston College
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Clem Fatovic
Florida International University
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Term: 09/2019-08/2021
Keith Whittington, Princeton University
Ken Kersch, Boston College
Mariah Zeisburg, University of Michigan

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 47. American Political Thought awards to-date »

Best Book Award

The Best Book in American Political Thought Award will be chosen every year by the section council.

Deadline for nominations: March 15, 2020

Award Committee:

J. Russell Muirhead
Dartmouth College
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Nicole Mellow
Williams College
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Mariah Zeisberg
U of Michigan
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Best Dissertation Award

The Best Dissertation in American Political Thought Award will be chosen every two years by the Section Council. The council will select award recipients from among nominations provided by the department chairs (one per department).

Nomination Instructions: Not offered this year.

Best Article Award

The Best Article in American Political Thought will be chosen every year by the Section Council from among the articles published in the journal American Political Thought.

Deadline for nominations: March 15, 2020

Award Committee:

Jeffrey Tulis
University of Texas
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Lisa Pace Vetter
University of Maryland, BC
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Keith Whittington
Princeton University
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