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Committee Chairs, Section Chairs, and other participants are encouraged to nominate papers for award consideration. The following guidelines are to be noted by persons submitting work:

1. With the exception of the PRQ Award, no previously published material is to be submitted.

2. Review processes for each award are conducted by award committees consisting of at least three political scientists. The review process is anonymous.

3. WPSA awards carry monetary prizes determined by the Executive Council, or, in the case of the PRQ award, determined by the PRQ Editors.

4. As part of the long-standing commitment of the Association to have the Political Research Quarterly reflect the intellectual strengths of the organization, WPSA paper award winners are provided with an enhanced opportunity to seek publication of the paper in PRQ. Papers receiving WPSA awards will be offered the opportunity of an expedited review. If, after the first review, an award winning paper does not meet the normal publication standards as determined by the editor(s), at least one opportunity to revise and resubmit will be provided to the author(s). There is no guarantee that papers will be published, but the editors will make every effort to work with authors to bring manuscripts to the level required by the normal peer review process. Papers must be submitted through the web-based submission system within six months of receipt of the award.

5. Winners of the Awards are announced at the Annual Meeting of the WPSA.

Each year, the Western Political Science Association gives out awards for some of the best papers to be presented at the annual conference. With the cancellation of the 2020 meeting in Los Angeles, the Association will not be giving out these awards at the 2021 meeting in Seattle. However, several other award committees will be giving out awards. Listed below are the committees that will be giving out awards next year, along with the names of the committee members. If you were a recipient of a 2020 award, we hope you can join us in Seattle in April 2021. We intend to recognize all of the 2020 award recipients at next year’s meeting.

Where to Submit

Please send award submission to the individuals listed below by the deadline noted. No previously published material may be submitted.

Don T. Nakanishi Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Service in Asian Pacific American Politics:
Ngoc Phan, Hawaii Pacific University,
June 15, 2020

Clay Morgan Book Award: (Click here for Award Description)
Chair: Chris Buck, St. Lawrence University,
Deadline: July 1, 2020

Dissertation Award:
Chair: Hakeem Jefferson, Stanford University,
Deadline: October 15, 2020

Political Research Quarterly Best Article Award:
Kathy Powers, University of New Mexico,

Politics, Groups and Identities Best Article Award:
Melissa Michelson, Menlo College,