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 were given for research presented at the 2021 MPSA Annual 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.

The Social Bureaucrat: How Social Proximity Among Bureaucrats Affects Local Governance
Tugba Bozcaga, King’s College London

Award Committee: William Minozzi, Ohio State University (Chair); Virginia Oliveros, Tulane University; Tiffany Barnes, University of Kentucky.

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.

Misgovernance and Human Rights: The Case of Illegal Detention Without Intent
Tara Slough, New York University
Christopher Fariss, University of Michigan

Award Committee: Joshua Tucker, New York University (Chair); Richard Fox, Loyola Marymount University; Kimuli Kasara, Columbia University; Ellen Lust, University of Gothenburg; Molly Roberts, University of California, San Diego.

Field Awards

Best Paper in American Politics (co-winners)

A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of American politics.

Executive Appointee Reliability Under Separated Powers: Presidential Loyalty Among Leaders of U.S. Federal Agencies
Gary E. Hollibaugh, University of Pittsburgh
George A. Krause, University of Georgia

Who is it Okay to Punch? An Experimental Investigation of Support for Intolerance in the Form of Physical Violence
Frank J. Gonzalez, University of Arizona
Alexandra McCoy, Arizona State University

Award Committee: Yanna Krupnikov, Stony Brook (Chair); Josh McCrain, University of Utah; Dino Christenson, Washington University, St. Louis.

Best Paper in International Relations (co-winners)

A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of international relations.

Is Cooperation Consequential? Performance and International Inter-Organizational Cooperation
Richard Clark, Columbia University

State Response and the Spread of Refugee-Native Clashes
Kerim Can Kavakli, Bocconi University

Award Committee: Erin Lin, The Ohio State University (Chair); Scott Tyson, Rochester; David Carter, Washington University, St. Louis.

Best Paper in Political Behavior (co-winners)

A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of political behavior.

The Political Legacy of Forced Migration: Evidence from post-WWII Germany
Anil Menon, University of Michigan

Long-Term Change in Conflict Attitudes: A Dynamic Perspective
Alon Yakter, Tel Aviv University
Liran Harsgor, University of Haifa

Award Committee: Gary Jacobson, University of California, San Diego (Chair); Ronald Rapoport, College of William and Mary; Stephen Utych, Boise State University.

Evan Ringquist Award

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

Democracy and Mass Skepticism of Science
Junyan Jiang, Columbia University
Kinman Wan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Award Committee: Mary Anderson, University of Tampa (Chair); Christina Boyd, University of Georgia; Belinda Davis, Louisiana State University.

Kellogg/Notre Dame Award

A $250 award for the best paper in comparative politics.

Pandemics and Political Development: The Electoral Legacy of the Black Death in Germany
Daniel W. Gingerich, University of Virginia
Jan P. Vogler, University of Virginia

Award Committee: André Borges, University of Brasilia (Chair); Noam Gidron, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Jessica Andersson-Hudson, Lund University.

Kenneth J. Meier Award

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

The Social Bureaucrat: How Social Proximity Among Bureaucrats Affects Local Governance
Tugba Bozcaga, King’s College London

Award Committee: Karen Hult, Virginia Tech (Chair); Gary Hollibaugh, University of Pittsburgh; Tanya Heikkila, University of Colorado Denver.

Review of Politics Award

A $250 award for the best paper in normative political theory.

The Day of the Lord’s Vengeance: Divine Wrath, Judgment, and Toleration in the Works of John Bunyan
Matthew H. Young, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Award Committee: Harrison Frye, University of Georgia (Chair); Michelle Kundmueller, Old Dominion University; James Read, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University.

Robert H. Durr Award

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

A Moveable Benefit? Spillover Effects of Quotas on Women’s Numerical Representation
Komal Preet Kaur, University of Colorado Boulder
Andrew Q. Philips, University of Colorado Boulder

Award Committee: Patrick Brandt, The University of Texas at Dallas (Chair); Andrea Barrick, Shippensburg University; Olesya Tkacheva, Brussels School of Governance – Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

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.

A Boundary of White Inclusion: How Religion Shapes Perceptions of Ethnoracial Assignment
Amanda Sahar d’Urso, Northwestern University

Award Committee: Jeremy Buchman, LIU Post (Chair); Vanessa Cruz Nicholas, Indiana University; Aaron Rosenthal, Simmons University.

Patrick J. Fett Award 

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

Measuring Representation: Estimating Common Space Measures of Constituency, Voter and Legislator Ideology for Congress and State Legislative Districts
Lynda Powell, University of Rochester

Award Committee: Daniel Moskowitz, University of Chicago (Chair); Andrew Sidman, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Marie Hojnacki, Pennsylvania State University – Main Campus.

Sophonisba Breckinridge Award

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

A Moveable Benefit? Spillover Effects of Quotas on Women’s Numerical Representation
Komal Preet Kaur, University of Colorado Boulder
Andrew Q. Philips, University of Colorado Boulder

Award Committee: Jennifer Wolak, Michigan State (Chair); Alan Wiseman, Vanderbilt University; Sarah Fischer, Marymount University.

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.

A Moveable Benefit? Spillover Effects of Quotas on Women’s Numerical Representation
Komal Preet Kaur, University of Colorado Boulder
Andrew Q. Philips, University of Colorado Boulder

Award Committee: Natasha Altema McNeely, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Chair); Charles Hunt, Boise State University; Aaron Sparks, Elon 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.

The Social Bureaucrat: How Social Proximity Among Bureaucrats Affects Local Governance
Tugba Bozcaga, King’s College London

Award Committee: Thessalia Merivaki, Mississippi State University (Chair); Jeong Hyun Kim, Louisiana State University; Sibel Oktay, University of Illinois at Springfield.

Best Paper by a Graduate Student Award

A $250 award for the best paper delivered by a graduate student.

The Political Legacy of Forced Migration: Evidence from post-WWII Germany
Anil Menon, University of Michigan

Award Committee: Benjamin Gross, Jacksonville State University (Chair); Mahalia Jackson, University of the West Indies – Cave Hill Campus; Carol Leff, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Best Paper by an Undergraduate Student Award

A $250 award for the best paper delivered by an undergraduate.

Blocking the Blockers: Charrettes, Urban Planning, and Deliberative Democracy
Adam Rego Johnson, New College of Florida

Award Committee: Claudia Avellaneda, Indiana University Bloomington (Chair); Tyson Roberts, UCLA; Robin Blom, Ball State University.

Herbert Simon Award

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

Donald Moynihan, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Award Committee: Midwest Caucus for Public Administration