Awards

The Comparative Democratization Section will present five awards for scholarly work at the 2017 APSA annual meeting in San Francisco: the Linz Prize for Best Dissertation, and the Best Book, Best Article, Best Field Work, and Best Paper prizes. Members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations (including, for several awards, self-nominations) to the appropriate committees listed below. Please also forward this information to colleagues and graduate students. We ask you to note the eligibility criteria, deadlines for submissions, and materials that must accompany nominations; direct any queries to the committee chairs.

To view award winners from past years, please visit our archive.

2017 Section Awards

Award Title: Juan Linz Prize for Best Dissertation in the Comparative Study of Democracy

Award Description: Given for the best dissertation in the Comparative Study of Democracy completed and accepted in the two calendar years immediately prior to the APSA Annual Meeting where the award will be presented (2015 or 2016 for the 2017 Annual Meeting). The prize can be awarded to analyses of individual country cases as long as they are clearly cast in a comparative perspective. A hard copy of the dissertation, accompanied by a letter of support from a member of the dissertation committee, should be sent to each member of the prize selection committee.

Deadline: March 17, 2017

Committee Chair:

Bryn Rosenfeld
Department of Political Science
University of Southern California
brosenfe@usc.edu

Committee Members:

Dirk Berg-Schlosser
Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Universität Marburg
bergschl@staff.uni-marburg.de

Frances Hagopian
Department of Government
Harvard University
fhagopian@gov.harvard.edu

Award Title: Best Article Award

Single-authored or co-authored articles focusing directly on the subject of democratization and published in 2016 are eligible. Nominations and self-nominations are encouraged. Copies of the article should be sent by email to each of the committee members.

Deadline: March 17, 2017

Committee Chair:

Daniel Treisman
Department of Political Science
University of California, Los Angeles
treisman@polisci.ucla.edu

Committee Members:

Maya Tudor
Blavatnik School of Government
University of Oxford
maya.tudor@bsg.ox.ac.uk

Jan Pierskalla
Department of Political Science
Ohio State University
Pierskalla.4@osu.edu

Award Title: Best Book Award

Given for the best book in the field of Comparative Democratization published in 2016 (authored, co-authored or edited). Copies of the nominated book should be sent to each committee member in time to arrive by March 17, 2017. Books received after this deadline cannot be considered.

Deadline: March 17, 2017

Committee Chair:

Kenneth M. Roberts
Department of Government
Cornell University
kr99@cornell.edu

Committee Members:

Jillian Schwedler
Department of Political Science
Hunter College
js1287@hunter.cuny.edu

Tarek Masoud
School of Government
Harvard University
tarek_masoud@hks.harvard.edu

Award Title: Best Field Work Award

This prize rewards dissertation students who conduct especially innovative and difficult fieldwork. Scholars who are currently writing their dissertations or who complete their dissertations in 2016 are eligible. Candidates must submit two chapters of their dissertation and a letter of nomination from the chair of their dissertation committee describing the field work. The material submitted must describe the field work in detail and should provide one or two key insights from the evidence collected in the field. The chapters may be sent electronically or in hard copy directly to each committee member.

Deadline: March 17, 2017

Committee Members:

Petia Kostadinova
Department of Political Science
University of Illinois Chicago
pkostad@uic.edu

Adrienne LeBas
Department of Government
American University
lesbas@american.edu

Mary E. Gallagher
Department of Political Science
University of Michigan
metg@umich.edu

Award Title: Best Paper Award

Given to the best paper on Comparative Democratization presented at the previous year’s APSA Convention. Papers can be nominated by panel chairs or discussants. Self-submissions are also encouraged.

Deadline: March 17, 2017

Committee Chair:

Anne Meng
Department of Politics
University of Virginia
ameng@virginia.edu 

Committee Members:

Robert Woodberry
Institute for the Study of Religion
Baylor University
Robert_woodberry@baylor.edu

Monika Nalepa
Department of Political Science
University of Chicago
mnalepa@uchicago.edu