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. Due to the cancellation of the 2020 conference, MPSA only awarded the AJPS Best Article Award and the Herbert Simon Award.

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. – Not awarded for 2020 due to conference cancellation.

AJPS Best Article Award

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.

Cultivating Clients: Reputation, Responsiveness and Ethnic Indifference in India’s Slums
Adam Auerbach, American University
Tariq Thachil, University of Pennsylvania 

Honorable Mention
Land Reform and Civil Conflict: Theory and Evidence from Peru
Michael Albertus, University of Chicago

Award Committee: Costas Panagopoulos, Northeastern University (Chair); Walter Mebane, University of Michigan; Pablo Pinto, University of Houston; Rune Slothuus, Aarhus University; Jeff Spinner-Halev, University of North Carolina.

Field Awards

Best Paper in American Politics

A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of American politics. – Not awarded for 2020 due to conference cancellation.

Best Paper in International Relations

A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of international relations. – Not awarded for 2020 due to conference cancellation.

Best Paper in Political Behavior

A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of political behavior. – Not awarded for 2020 due to conference cancellation.

Evan Ringquist Award

A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of political institutions. – Not awarded for 2020 due to conference cancellation.

Kellogg/Notre Dame Award

A $250 award for the best paper in comparative politics.- Not awarded for 2020 due to conference cancellation.

Kenneth J. Meier Award

A $250 award for the best paper in bureaucratic politics, public administration, or public policy. – Not awarded for 2020 due to conference cancellation.

Review of Politics Award

A $250 award for the best paper in normative political theory. – Not awarded for 2020 due to conference cancellation.

Robert H. Durr Award

A $250 award for the best paper applying quantitative methods to a substantive problem. – Not awarded for 2020 due to conference cancellation.

Subfield Awards

Lucius Barker Award

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. – Not awarded for 2020 due to conference cancellation.

Patrick J. Fett Award 

A $250 award for the best paper on the scientific study of Congress and the presidency. – Not awarded for 2020 due to conference cancellation.

Sophonisba Breckinridge Award

A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of women and politics. – Not awarded for 2020 due to conference cancellation.

Richard E. Matland Award 

A $250 award for the best paper by an emerging scholar in representation, elections, or voting. Author (or lead author) is an untenured faculty member or graduate student. – Not awarded for 2020 due to conference cancellation.

Career Stage Awards

Best Paper by an Emerging Scholar

A $250 award for the best paper, regardless of field of 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. – Not awarded for 2020 due to conference cancellation.

Best Paper by a Graduate Student Award

A $250 award for best paper delivered by a graduate student. – Not awarded for 2020 due to conference cancellation.

Best Paper by an Undergraduate Student Award (co-winners)

A $250 award for the best paper delivered by an undergraduate. – Not awarded for 2020 due to conference cancellation.

Herbert Simon Award

A $500 award for a scholar who has made a significant contribution to the scientific study of bureaucracy. Submissions are handled by the Midwest Caucus on Policy Administration.

Norma M. Riccucci, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University, Newark

Award Committee: Midwest Caucus for Public Administration