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MPSA Award Recipients - 2019

MPSA sponsors many awards for outstanding research presented at the annual conference and an award for the best article published in each volume of the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS). Nominations are made by conference chairs, discussants, and section heads after the conference and awards committees select the winning papers. The following awards will be presented at this year’s business meeting for research presented at the 2018 conference:

Flagship Awards

Pi Sigma Alpha Award
A $250 award for the best paper presented at the annual MPSA conference. Sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. Nomination pool will consist of papers selected for the field awards. Nomination pool will consist of papers selected for the field awards.

Local News and National Politics
Gregory J. Martin, Stanford University (formerly Emory University)
Josh McCrain, Emory University
Award Committee: Christina Wolbrecht, University of Notre Dame (Chair); Hans Noel, Georgetown University; Maggie Penn, Emory University

AJPS Best Article Award (co-winners)
A $1,000 award for the best article appearing in the volume of the American Journal of Political Science published in the year preceding the conference. All published articles in this timeframe will be considered.

When Common Identities Decrease Trust: An Experimental Study of Partisan Women
Samara Klar, University of Arizona

Paths of Recruitment: Rational Social Prospecting in Petition Canvassing
Clayton Nall, Stanford University
Benjamin Schneer, Harvard Kennedy School (formerly Florida State University)
Daniel Carpenter, Harvard University
Award Committee: William Bernhard, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Chair); Burt Monroe, Pennsylvania State University; Melissa Michelson, Menlo College

Field Awards

Best Paper in American Politics
A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of American politics. 

Local News and National Politics
Gregory J. Martin, Stanford University (formerly Emory University)
Josh McCrain, Emory University
Award Committee: Kira Sanbonmatsu, Rutgers University-New Brunswick (Chair); Melinda Gann Hall, Michigan State University; Bradford Jones, University of Califorina-Davis

Best Paper in International Relations (co-winners)
A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of international relations. 

How War Changes Land: A natural experiment of bomb-induced economic change in Cambodia
Erin Lin, Ohio State University

The Hazards of Holding Power: Third-party Intervention, Repression, and Leader Survival
Livio Di Lonardo, Bocconi University
Jessica S. Sun, University of Michigan
Scott A. Tyson, University of Michigan

Award Committee: Christopher Francis Gelpi, Ohio State University (Chair); Sarah Brooks, Ohio State University; Michael Colaresi, University of Pittsburgh

Best Paper in Political Behavior
A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of political behavior.

Family Income and the Intergenerational Transmission of Voting Behavior: Evidence from an Income Intervention
Randall K. Q. Akee, UCLA
William Copeland, Duke University
E. Jane Costello, Duke University
John B.Holbein, Brigham Young University
Emilia Simeonova, Johns Hopkins University
Award Committee: Kyle Saunders, Colorado State University-Fort Collins (Chair); Ignacio Jurado, University of York; Candis Watts Smith, UNC

Evan Ringquist Award
A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of political institutions. 

Bureaucrats Writing Bills in State Legislatures
Mary A. Kroeger, University of Rochester
Award Committee: Scott Adler, University of Colorado Boulder (Chair); Christian Grose, University of Southern California; Yushim Kim, Arizona State University

Kellogg/Notre Dame Award
A $250 award for the best paper in comparative politics. 

The Causes of Mass-level Affective Polarization in Advanced Democracies
Noam Gidron, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
James Adams, UC Davis
Will Horne, Princeton University
Award Committee: Jae-Jae Spoon, University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus (Chair); Emily Beaulieu, University of Kentucky; Pablo Martin Pinto, University of Houston

Kenneth J. Meier Award
A $250 award for the best paper in bureaucratic politics, public administration, or public policy.

Bureaucrats Writing Bills in State Legislatures
Mary A. Kroeger, University of Rochester
Award Committee: David Nixon, University of Hawaii at Manoa (Chair); Jiaqi Liang, University of Illinois at Chicago; Amanda Rutherford, Indiana University-Bloomington

Review of Politics Award
A $250 award for the best paper in normative political theory.

What Makes Us Free
Harrison P. Frye, Georgetown University
Award Committee: Heather McDougall, Leadership exCHANGE (Chair); Ruth Abbey, University of Notre Dame; Jennet Kirkpatrick, Arizona State University

Robert H. Durr Award
A $250 award for the best paper applying quantitative methods to a substantive problem. 

How to Measure Legislative District Compactness: If You Only know it When You See it
Aaron Kaufman, Harvard University
Gary King, Harvard University
Mayya Komisarchik, Harvard University
Award Committee: Iris Hui, Stanford University (Chair); Daniel Hidalgo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;  Ines Levin, University of California, Irvine

Subfield Awards

Lucius Barker Award (co-winners) 
A $250 award for the best paper on a topic investigating race or ethnicity and politics and honoring the spirit and work of Professor Barker.

Can Racial diversity among Judges Affect Sentencing Outcomes?
Allison P. Harris, Princeton University
The Dynamics of Racial Resentment Across the 50 U.S. States
Rebecca Kreitzer, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Candis Watts Smith, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Feiya Suo, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Award Committee: Ismail K. White, George Washington University (Chair); Michael W. Combs, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Andra Gillespie, Emory University; Linda Trautman, Ohio University-Lancaster Campus

Patrick J. Fett Award
A $250 award for the best paper on the scientific study of Congress and the presidency.

Broken Record: Causes and Consequences of the Changing Roll Call Voting Record in the U.S. Congress
Michael S. Lynch, University of Georgia
Anthony J. Madonna, University of Georgia
Award Committee: Brandice Canes-Wrone, Princeton University (Chair); George A. Krause, University of Georgia; Laurel Harbridge Yong, Northwestern University

Sophonisba Breckinridge Award
A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of women and politics.

Patrisan Biases, Gender Biases, and Approval of Members of Congress
Jennifer Wolak, University of Coloado at Boulder
Award Committee: Eileen L. McDonagh, Northeastern University (Chair); Christopher Karpowitz, Brigham Young University-Provo; Olena Nikolayenko, Fordham University

Career Stage Awards

Best Paper by an Emerging Scholar 
A $250 award for the best paper, regardless of field or topic, by a scholar or scholars who has or have received the terminal degree(s) within six years of the year in which the paper was presented.

Who are Provisional Voters? Evidence from North Carolina
Thessalia Merivaki, Mississippi State University
Daniel A. Smith, University of Florida
Award Committee: David Leal, The University of Texas at Austin (Chair); Natasha Altema McNeely, The University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley;  Jennifer Eileen Byrne, James Madison University

Best Paper Delivered by a Graduate Student Award
A $250 award for best paper delivered by a graduate student.

Elites, Portfolio Diversification and Business Influence
Victoria Paniagua, University of Notre Dame (formerly Duke University)
Award Committee: Mary Keys, University of Notre Dame (Chair); Kelly Rader, Yale University; D. Stephen Voss, University of Kentucky

Best Undergraduate Paper Presented in a Poster Format
A $250 award for the best paper presented in a poster format by an undergraduate.

The Examination of the “Other:” An Insight Into The Asian Pacific Islander Experience in the Prison Industrial Complex
Michelle M. Hicks, Willamette University
Award Committee: Mary P McGuire, SUNY College at Cortland (Chair); Kristin Garrett, Wheaton College; Eric Gonzalez Juenke, Michigan State University

 


Call for MPSA Award Nominations

If you have Chair or Discussant responsibilities at the upcoming MPSA Conference, please nominate outstanding research from your sessions. 

MPSA strongly encourages individuals holding chair, discussant, and section head roles to submit nominations for outstanding papers from their sessions by visiting www.MPSAnet.org/awards or emailing mpsainfo@mpsanet.org. The deadline for nominations is July 1, 2019. Award committees select the winners and awards are announced at the MPSA Business Meeting held during the following year’s annual conference.