American Political Thought (Section 47)

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

Section Counts


Section Membership Dues

Student Regular
$20 (electronic journal access)

$25 (print and electronic access)

$30 (electronic journal access

$35 (print and electronic access)

Section Officers
Chair George Thomas, Claremont McKenna College
Vice-Chair Russell Muirhead, Dartmouth College
Treasurer Phillip Munoz, University of Notre Dame
Journal Editors

Jeremy Bailey, University of Houston
[email protected]
Susan McWilliams, Pomona College
[email protected]

2021 Annual Meeting
Division Chair
Alan Gibson, California State University, Chico
[email protected]
Elizabeth Beaumont, University of California, Santa Cruz
[email protected]
Council Keith Whittington, Princeton University
Ken Kersch, Boston College
Mariah Zeisburg, University of Michigan   
Section Journal

American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture



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American Political Thought (Section 47)

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: TBA

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Address
Lee Ward Baylor University

Lee Ward
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97276
Waco, TX 76798-7276

Nora Hanagan University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Nora Hanagan
3012 Eubanks Road
Durham, NC 27707
Dennis Rasmussen Syracuse University Dennis Rasmussen
3 Nickerson St.
Cazenovia, NY 13035

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). Deadline for nominations: TBA

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email/Address
David Siemers University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh David Siemers
2172 Hickory Lane
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Michelle Schwarze University of Wisconsin-Madison

Michelle Schwarze
2114 Lakeland Ave.
Madison, WI 53704

Benjamin Kleinerman Baylor University [email protected]

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 ThoughtDeadline for nominations: TBA

Award Committee

Name Affiliation
Steven Smith Yale University
Justin Crowe Williams College
Helena Rosenblatt City University of New York