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Presidents and Executive Politics (Section 9)

Presidents & Executive Politics (PEP) of APSA is the premier association of scholars devoted to the study of the presidency and executives (formerly known as the Presidency Research Group). To that end, it welcomes diverse theoretical perspectives, analytical techniques, and data sources as they contribute to the advancement of scholarship and teaching. It also invites the contributions and perspectives of other disciplines. PEP values the establishment and enhancement of non-partisan links between scholarship, the real world of presidential and executive politics, and public policy.

Section Membership Dues

Student Regular
$0 $10

Founded: 1985
Website: connect.apsanet.org/s9
Newsletter: PEP Report
Section Counts

Section Officers
Chair Daniel Ponder, Drury University
Vice-Chair Meena Bose, Hofstra University
Secretary/Treasurer Brandon Rottinghaus, University of Houston
2020 Annual Meeting
Program Chair
Lilly Goren, Carroll University
Council

Term: 9/2017-8/2020

Shareece Thrower, Vanderbilit University

Term: 9/2018-8/2020

Christina Kinane, Yale University

Term: 9/2018-8/2021

William Howell, University of Chicago

Matthew Beckmann, University of California, Irvine

Term: 9/2019-8/2022

Rachel Potter, University of Virginia

Jon Rogowski, Harvard University

Magna Inacio, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dan Gillion, University of Pennsylvania

Mark Zak Taylor, Georgia Tech

Nicole Mellow, Williams College

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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.

All section 09. Presidents and Executive Politics awards to-date »


George C. Edwards III Disseratation Award

The George C. Edwards III Dissertation Award is given for the best dissertation in presidency research completed and accepted during the previous two calendar years (January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019). The recipient will receive a $250 award.

Nomination Instructions: To be considered for the award, nominees must submit the following documents to each member of the Award Committee: (1) a hard copy of the dissertation, (2) an electronic version of the dissertation (preferably in pdf), and (3) a letter of nomination (from, e.g., the dissertation chair, the department chair). Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2020


Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Mark Zak Taylor (chair) Georgia Institute of Technology [email protected]
Julia Azari Marquette University [email protected]
Brendan Doherty United States Naval Academy [email protected]
Andrew Rudalevige Bowdoin College [email protected] 

Founders Best Graduate Student Paper Award

The Founders Award honoring Stephen Wayne will be given for the best paper on executive politics presented by a Graduate Student at either the preceding year’s APSA annual meeting or at any of the regional meetings in 2018 or 2019. Deadline for nominations: February 1, 2020


Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Mel Laracey (chair) University of Texas at San Antonio [email protected]
Christina Kinane Yale University [email protected]
Rachel Potter University of Virginia [email protected]
Adam Warber Clemson University [email protected] 

Founders Best Graduate Student Paper Award

The Founders Award honoring Lester Seligman will be given for the best paper on executive politics authored by a PhD – holding scholar at the previous year’s APSA annual meeting. Deadline for nominations: February 1, 2020


Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Yu Ouyang (chair) Purdue University Northwest [email protected]
Amnon Cavari IDC Herzliya [email protected]
Shannon Bow O'Brien University of Texas at Austin [email protected]
Verlan Lewis University of Colorado at Colorado Springs [email protected] 

Richard E. Neustadt Award

The Richard E. Neustadt Award will be given for the best book on executive politics published during 2019. The Neustadt Committee will also consider nominations when submitted for a separate, typically less frequent, Richard E. Neustadt Award for the Best Reference Work on the Presidency and Executive Politics published in the previous calendar year. Nomination Instructions: One copy of each book should be sent electronically to each member of the committee. Deadline for nominations: February 1, 2020


Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Karen Hult (chair) Virginia Tech [email protected]
David Cohen University of Akron [email protected]
Sharece Thrower  Vanderbilt University [email protected]
Richard Waterman University of Kentucky [email protected] 

The Legacy Award

The Legacy Award will be given to a living author for a book, essay, or article, published at least 10 years prior to the award year that has made a continuing contribution to the intellectual development of the fields of presidency and executive politics. Letters of nominations should provide a rationale for the work receiving the award. Nomination Instructions: Nominations should be emailed to the committee members. Letters of nominations should provide a rationale for the work receiving the award.Deadline for nominations: February 1, 2020


Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Graham Dodds (chair) Concordia University [email protected]
Randy Adkins University of Nebraska - Omaha [email protected]
Lara Brown George Washington University [email protected]
Jon Rogowski Harvard University [email protected]