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Political Organizations and Parties (Section 5)

The organized section on Political Organizations and Parties works to further scholarship on American political parties, comparative political parties, and interest groups. 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 through the sections mechanism 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, and emerging scholar. We are governed by the volunteer efforts of our officers and board. We’re eager to reach out in new directions so let us hear your ideas!

Founded: 1983
Yearly membership dues: $5.00 for students and $15.00 for other members. 
Website: connect.apsanet.org/s5
Newsletter:
VOX/POP
Twitter: @APSA_POP

Section Counts

Organized sections provide opportunities for APSA members who share a common interest in a particular subfield to organize meetings and coordinate communications under Association auspices.

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Section Officers

Chair
Beth L. Leech
Rutgers University

Treasurer
Katie Marchetti
Dickinson College

Secretary
Hans Noel
Georgetown University

2020 Annual Meeting
Program Chairs

Darren Halpin, Australian National University
[email protected]

Jae-Jae Spoon
[email protected]

Council
Term: 09/2019-09/2021
Scott Ainsworth, University of Georgia
Hans Hassell, Florida State University
Kristin Kanthak, University of Pittsburgh
Geoffrey Lorenz, University of Nebraska

Term: 09/2018-08/2020
Bruce Larson, Gettysburg College
Ann-Kristin Kolln, Aarhus University
Michael J. Malbin, University at Albany, SUNY
Robin Kolodny, Temple University

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 05. Political Organizations and Parties awards to-date »

Emerging Scholars Award

The Emerging Scholar Award is given to a scholar who has received his or her Ph.D. within the last five years (2015-2019) and whose career to date demonstrates unusual promise..

Deadline for nominations: February 29, 2020

Award Committee:
Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Ohio State University
[email protected]

Larry Bartels, Vanderbilt University
[email protected]

Danielle Thomsen, University of California, Irvine
[email protected]
 

Jack Walker Article Award

The Jack Walker Award recognizes an article published in the last two calendar years (2018, 2019) that makes an outstanding contribution to research and scholarship on political organizations and parties.

Deadline for nominations: February 29, 2020

Award Committee:
Chair
Timothy LaPira, James Madison University
[email protected]
 

Leon Epstein Outstanding Book Award

The Leon Epstein Outstanding Book Award recognizes a book published in the last two calendar years (2018, 2019) that made an outstanding contribution to research and scholarship on political organizations and parties.
To nominate a book, please email the committee chair for a list of committee members’ addresses and send a copy of the book to each committee member.

Deadline for nominations: February 29, 2020

Award Committee:
Chair
Brian Brox, Tulane University
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Shamira Gelbman, Wabash College
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Geoffrey Lorenz, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
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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.

Deadline for nominations: September 30, 2019

Award Committee
Chair
Raymond La Raja, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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Paul Djupe, Denison University
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Sultan Tepe, University of Illinois, Chicago
[email protected]
 

Samuel Eldersveld Career Achievement Award

The Samuel Eldersveld Career Achievement Award recognizes a scholar whose lifetime professional work has made an outstanding contribution to the field.

Deadline for nominations: February 29, 2020

Award Committee
Chair
Marie Hojnacki, Pennsylvania State University
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Marc Hetherington, University of North Carolina
[email protected]

Susan Scarrow, University of Houston
[email protected]
 

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