MPSA Award Recipients - 2020
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 for research presented at the 2019 conference:
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.
Govern the Ungoverned: How State Presence Leads to Civil Conflict
Luwei Ying, Washington University in St. Louis
Award Committee: Brad Gomez, Florida State University (Chair); Caroline Tolbert, University of Iowa; Rachel Bowen, Ohio State University; Virginia Oliveros, Tulane University; Hannah Alarian, University of Florida
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 publish ed in the year preceding the conference. All published articles in this timeframe will be considered.
Social Networks and Protest Participation: Evidence from 130 Million Twitter Users
Jennifer M. Larson, Vanderbilt University
Jonathan Nagler, New York University
Jonathan Ronen, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
Joshua A. Tucker, New York University
Descriptive and Substantive Representation in Congress: Evidence from 80,000 Congressional Inquiries
Kenneth Lowande, University of Michigan
Melinda Ritchie, University of California, Riverside
Erinn Lauterbach, University of California, Riverside
Award Committee: Jonathan Andrew Rodden, Stanford University (Chair); Daniel Kono, University of California Davis; Jessica Rich, Marquette University; Leslie Schwindt-Bayer, Rice University; Kendall Funk, Arizona State University
Best Paper in American Politics
A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of American politics.
Their Economic Pain, Our Emotional Gain? How Punishing the Rich Motivates Concerns about Inequality
H. Hannah Nam, Stony Brook University Yanna Krupnikov, Stony Brook University Samuel Jens, Stony Brook University
Award Committee: Nate Monroe, University of California-Merced (Chair); Samara Klar, University of Arizona;
Vanessa Baird, University of Colorado-Boulder
Best Paper in International Relations
Govern the Ungoverned: How State Presence Leads to Civil Conflict Luwei Ying, Washington University in St. Louis
A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of international relations.
Award Committee: Benjamin Appel, Michigan State (Chair); Jacqueline DeMeritt, University of North Texas;
Christina Cliff, Franklin Pierce University
Best Paper in Political Behavior Their Economic Pain, Our Emotional Gain? How Punishing the Rich Motivates Concerns about Inequality H. Hannah Nam, Stony Brook University Yanna Krupnikov, Stony Brook University Samuel Jens, Stony Brook University
A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of political behavior.
Award Committee: Lily Mason, University of Maryland, College Park (Chair); Rosario Aguilar-Pariente,
Newcastle University; Camille Burge, Villanova University
Evan Ringquist Award
Democracy Thrives in Secret? Ballot Reform and Representation in the United States Daniel J. Moskowitz, University of Chicago Jon C. Rogowski, Harvard University Award Committee: Wendy Hansen, University of New Mexico (Chair); Benjamin Bricker, Southern Illinois University; Eric Magar, ITAM
A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of political institutions.
Kellogg/Notre Dame Award
A $250 award for the best paper in comparative politics.
From Religious Violence to Political Compromise: The Historical Origins of Institutional Trust
Isabela Mares, Yale University
Ahmed Ezzeldin Mohamed, Columbia University
Award Committee: Tiffany Barnes, University of Kentucky (Chair); Guillermo Rosas, Washington University St. Louis; Stephen Bloom, Southern Illinois University
Kenneth J. Meier Award
A $250 award for the best paper in bureaucratic politics, public administration, or public policy.
Bureaucratic Responsiveness to LGBT Americans
Kenneth Lowande, University of Michigan
Andrew Proctor, University of Minnesota
Award Committee: Rachel Potter, University of Virginia (Chair); Sharece Thrower, Vanderbilt University; Manuel Teodoro, Texas A&M University
Review of Politics Award
A $250 award for the best paper in normative political theory.
The Scale of Social Tyranny: Public Shaming and Social Norms
Harrison Frye, University of Georgia
Award Committee: Alexander Kirshner, Duke University (Chair); Joshua Dienstag, UCLA; Lorraine McCrary, Wabash College
Robert H. Durr Award
A $250 award for the best paper applying quantitative methods to a substantive problem.
Do International Employment Opportunities Impact Individuals’ Political Preferences and Behavior?
Nikhar Gaikwad, Columbia University
Kolby Hanson, Columbia University
Aliz Toth, Stanford University
Award Committee: David Bateman, Cornell University (Chair); Tom Nelson, Ohio State University; Wendy Tam Cho, University of Illinois
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.
The Politics of Skin Color: Measuring Public Opinion & Skin Tone Identity
Nicole Yadon, University of Michigan
Award Commitee: Taeku Lee, University of Berkeley (Chair); Valerie Martinez-Ebers, University of North Texas; Gabriel R. Sanchez, University of New Mexico; Christopher Sebastian Parker, University of Washington
Patrick J. Fett Award
A $250 award for the best paper on the scientific study of Congress and the presidency.
Democracy Thrives in Secret? Ballot Reform and Representation in the United States
Daniel J. Moskowitz, University of Chicago
Jon C. Rogowski, Harvard University
Award Committee: Kenneth Lowande, University of Michigan (Chair); Scott Adler, University of Colorado Boulder; Gisela Sin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Sophonisba Breckinridge Award
A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of women and politics.
Perceiving is Believing? Women’s Representation, Perception & Feelings of Political Efficacy
Katelyn E. Stauffer, University of South Carolina
Award Committee: Julia Hellwege, University of South Dakota (Chair); Liza Mugge, University of Amsterdam; Erin Cassese, University of Delaware
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.
Understanding and Reducing Biases in Elite Beliefs About the Electorate
Miguel Maria Pereira, Washington University in St. Louis
Award Committee: Mandi Bailey, Valdosta State University (Chair); Jesse Rhodes, University of Massachusetts; Thessalia Merivaki, Mississippi State University