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Kenneth Sherrill Prize

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Through APSA's Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs, the Kenneth Sherrill Prize recognizes the best doctoral dissertation proposal for an empirical study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) topics in political science.  The purpose of this prize is to encourage and enable empirical work on LGBT topics by graduate students, and to broaden the recognition of this work within political science.

Nominations are now closed. 
About the 2022 Winner:

Kellen A. Kane (he/him/his) is a Research Fellow at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy affiliated with the General Service Administration’s Office of Evaluation Sciences.  He is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Organized into three papers, “Health, Wealth, and Representation: Three Essays on LGBTQ+ Politics and Policy” focuses on several aspects of LGBTQ inequality in terms of public policy design, implementation and outcomes as well as in descriptive representation.  The dissertation promises to make original contributions to knowledge in these areas by posing questions that have been unanswered and by adopting a mixed method approach in which he collects and combines a variety of data sources and develops new measures and analytical strategies.


Prize Requirements

Applicants must have successfully defended the prospectus for their dissertation, or intend to defend their prospectus by July 31, 2022.  To qualify, an applicant’s dissertation prospectus must be an empirical study of LBGT topics; a prospectus in political theory is not eligible for the Kenneth Sherrill Prize. 

Each year after receiving the Prize, the Prize committee must receive a report from prior recipients stating if the dissertation has been completed and if so, receive an abstract of the completed dissertation, and if not, a timetable detailing expected trajectory to completion.

Kenneth Sherrill Prize Committee

Sherrill Award Committee


Chair: Gabriele Magni
Loyola Marymount University
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Dr. Logan S. Casey
Harvard University
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Dr. Gregory B. Lewis
Georgia State University
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How to Apply

Applications for the program should include:

  • A curriculum vitae.
  • An abstract of the dissertation proposal.
  • A copy of the applicant’s dissertation proposal.
  • A letter of recommendation from the chair of the applicant’s dissertation committee.  The letter must attest that the prospectus will be defended by July 31, 2021.

Contact Us

For questions or concerns about the Kenneth Sherrill Prize or the application process, please contact the Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs at [email protected].

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