The members of the 2012 MPSA Awards Committees are listed below. These individuals will select recipients of awards for outstanding papers delivered at the 2012 MPSA Annual Conference and the AJPS Best Article Award. The awards will be announced at the MPSA business meeting during 2013 MPSA Conference.
Section heads, panel chairs, and panel discussants may nominate papers for these awards. MPSA strongly encourages individuals with section or panel responsibilities to nominate papers from their panels for consideration. Nominators should prepare a memo identifying the award for which the paper is to be considered, the author(s) name(s), paper title, and the panel on which the paper was presented. Nominations should be sent to mpsainfo at mpsanet dot org no later than July 1.
AJPS Best Article Award. A $1,000 award sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing for the best article appearing in the volume of the American Journal of Political Science preceding the conference.
Award Committee: Christina Wolbrecht, University of Notre Dame (Chair): Kelly Kadera, University of Iowa; Irfan Nooruddin, The Ohio State University
Best Paper in Comparative Policy Award. A $500 award sponsored by the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice (JCPA) and International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum for the best paper in comparative policy. The winner(s) may submit their paper to JCPA for an expedited triple blind-fold review process.
Award Committee: Charles H. Blake, James Madison University (Chair); Christoffer Green-Pedersen, University of Aarhus, Denmark; Meghna Sabharwal, University of Texas at Dallas
Best Paper by an Emerging Scholar Award. A $250 award given for the best paper, regardless of field of topic, authored by a scholar or scholars who have received their terminal degree(s) no sooner than six years prior to the year in which the paper was delivered.
Award Committee: Stephen Nicholson, University of California, Merced (Chair); Brady Baybeck, Wayne State University; Jennifer Wolak, University of Colorado
Best Paper in International Relations. A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of international relations.
Award Committee: Caroline Hartzell, Gettysburg College (Chair); David Clark, SUNY, Binghamton; Daniel Reiter, Emory University
Best Poster Award. A $250 award for the best poster presentation.
Award Committee: Brigid Harrison, Montclair State University (Chair); Isaac Unah, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Best Undergraduate Poster Award. A $250 award for the best poster presented by an undergraduate.
Award Committee: Tyson King-Meadows, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Chair); Sherri Wallace, University of Louisville
Kellogg/Notre Dame Award. A $250 award for the best paper in comparative politics.
Award Committee: Sona Golder, Pennsylvania State University (Chair); Jennifer Seely, Earlham College; Alex Pacek, Texas A&M University
Lucius Barker Award. A $250 award for the author or authors of the best paper presented at the annual meeting on a topic investigating race or ethnicity and politics honoring the spirit and work of Professor Barker.
Award Committee: David Leal, University of Texas, Austin (Chair); Gabriel Sanchez, University of New Mexico; Jamila Michener, University of Michigan
Patrick J. Fett Award. A $250 award for best paper on the scientific study of Congress and the presidency.
Award Committee: E. Scott Adler, University of Colorado (Chair); Frances E. Lee, University of Maryland; Andrew Rudalevige, Dickinson College
Pi Sigma Alpha Award. A $250 award for the best paper presented at the MPSA Annual National Conference. Sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.
Award Committee: Jane Junn, University of Southern California (Chair); Cara Wong, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Jason Wittenberg, University of California, Berkeley
Review of Politics Award. A $250 award for the best paper in normative political theory.
Award Committee: Michael Neblo, The Ohio State University (Chair); Marek Steedman, University of Southern Mississippi; Michaele Ferguson, University of Colorado
Robert H. Durr Award. A $250 award for best paper applying quantitative methods to a substantive problem.
Award Committee: James Granato, University of Houston (Chair); Corrine McConnaughy, The Ohio State University; Jake Bowers, University of Illinois
Sophonisba Breckinridge Award. A $250 award for the best paper delivered on women and politics.
Award Committee: Lisa Baldez, Dartmouth College (Chair); Heather Ondercin, University of Mississippi; Nicholas Winter, University of Virginia
Westview Press Award. A $250 award sponsored by Westview Press for best paper by delivered by a graduate student.
Award Committee: Patrick Egan, New York University (Chair); Zoe Oxley, Union College; Duane Swank, Marquette University