Political Organizations and Parties (Section 5)

The organized section on Political Organizations and Parties (POP) works to further scholarship on American political parties, comparative political parties, interest groups, and social movements. We do this in a number of different ways. Through our meetings, workshops, newsletter, and website, we provide a means of interaction and communication for like-minded scholars. At our annual workshop at the American Political Science Association conference, we work to train scholars in the use of various methods or databases, or to promote new research in a particular area. Our participation as one of the oldest organized sections of the American Political Science Association allows us to be a voice for our members’ interests within APSA. We also organize the panels in our subfields for the annual APSA conference. Finally, we recognize excellence in scholarship with our awards for best book, best article, best APSA paper, career achievement, emerging scholar, and graduate student research. We are governed by the volunteer efforts of our officers and executive council. We are eager to reach out in new directions. So, let us hear your ideas!


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Founded: 1983
Website: connect.apsanet.org/s5
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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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Emerging Scholar Award

Given to a scholar early in their career who has not yet received tenure and whose career to date demonstrates unusual promise. Deadline for nominations: March 29, 2024

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Paul Herrnson (Chair) University of Connecticut paul.herrnson@uconn.edu
Heath Brown John Jay College, CUNY hbrown@jjay.cuny.edu
Bonnie Meguid University of Rochester bonnie.meguid@rochester.edu

Jack Walker Article Award

Recognizes an article published in the last two calendar years that makes an outstanding contribution to research and scholarship on political organizations and parties. A journal scan of articles appearing in-print will be used to identify potential nominees. External nominations will also be considered. Deadline for nominations: February 29, 2024

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Julia Azari (Chair) Marquette University


Martin Bisgaard Aarhus University  mbisgaard@ps.au.dk
Devin Fernandes  California State University, Chico devinfernandes@yahoo.com
Shamira Gelbman  Wabash College gelbmans@wabash.edu
Zim Nwokora Deakin University  z.nwokora@deakin.edu.au

Leon Epstein Outstanding Book Award

Recognizes a book published in the last two calendar years that makes an outstanding contribution to research and scholarship on political organizations and parties.
Deadline for nominations: February 29, 2024


Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Ashley English (Chair) University of North Texas ashley.english@unt.edu
Sarah Zukerman Daly  Columbia University  sd2623@columbia.edu
Matt Lacombe Case Western Reserve University  matthewjlacombe@gmail.com

POP Best APSA Paper Award

The POP/Party Politics Award recognizes the best paper delivered on a Political Organizations and Parties-sponsored panel at the preceding APSA annual meeting. Nomination Deadline: Papers uploaded to the APSA Conference site by September 17, 2023, will be considered.

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Zeynep Somer-Topcu (Chair) University of Texas at Austin zsomer@utexas.edu
Caitlin Andrews-Lee Toronto Metropolitan University  caitlinandrewslee@torontomu.ca
Connor Phillips Princeton University  connor.phillips@princeton.edu



The Virginia Gray Graduate Research Award

Awarded to graduate student POP members who are presenting their research on political organizations and/or parties on a POP or non-POP sponsored panel at the upcoming APSA annual meeting. Applicants who identify as a member of an underrepresented group in the profession are encouraged to apply. Deadline: TBA

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Marie Hojnacki (Chair) Pennsylvania State University  marieh@psu.edu
Sergio Ascencio  University of Essex sergio.ascencio@essex.ac.uk
Susan Scarrow University of Houston  sscarrow@central.uh.edu

Samuel Eldersveld Career Achievement Award

Recognizes a scholar whose lifetime professional work has made an outstanding contribution to the field. Each nomination will be considered for two cycles. Those who have not won the award during those cycles are eligible for future nominations. Deadline for nominations: March 29, 2024

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
David Karol (Chair) University of Maryland  dkarol@umd.edu
Russell Dalton University of California, Irvine rdalton@uci.edu
Amy McKay University of Exeter a.mckay@exeter.ac.uk