Barbara Sinclair Award and Lectureship 

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The Barbara Sinclair Award and Lectureship recognizes achievement in promoting understanding of the U.S. Congress and legislative politics.

The award commemorates the life and scholarship of renowned scholar of legislative politics, Barbara Sinclair. Barbara Sinclair taught at the University of California, Riverside, and University of California, Los Angeles, and was a member of the 1978-1979 class of APSA Congressional Fellows. She served her fellowship placement with House Majority Leader Jim Wright of Texas. She published the seminal work Majority Leadership in the U.S. House after her fellowship year and authored landmark studies of Congress throughout her career. Dr. Sinclair left a lasting mark not only for her scholarship but also for her service to the discipline. She was a dedicated mentor to new groups of scholars and served for many years as a member of the Congressional Fellowship Program Advisory Committee.

Each year a speaker is selected to deliver the Barbara Sinclair Lecture, held at American University during the orientation of the Congressional Fellowship Program. The lecture brings together scholars, members of the Congressional Fellowship Program community, students, and practitioners in the DC area to honor Dr. Sinclair. The lecture and speaker honorarium are co-sponsored by the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, at American University's School of Public Affairs.

Barbara Sinclair Award and Lectureship Committee

Chair: Dr. David C. Barker
American University
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Chair: Meghan McConaughey
American Political Science Association
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Dr. Lauren Cohen Bell
Randolph-Macon College
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Dr. Jason P. Casellas
University of Houston
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Michelle Chin
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2019 Award Recipient 


Frances E. Lee
is professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University. Her research has appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and other outlets. She is editor of the Cambridge Elements Series in American Politics and a series editor for the Chicago Studies in American Politics.

Year Recipient Affiliation
2019 Frances Lee Princeton University
2018 Sarah Binder George Washington University