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Charles E. Merriam Award 

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The Charles E. Merriam Award honors an individual whose published work and career represent a significant contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research.

The biennial award is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and carries a cash prize of $500.  The award will be presented again in 2021.  Charles Merriam's career exemplified a combination of innovative political and social science scholarship and practical service to the community and nation.  The department he chaired in the 1920s-1940s set the agenda of the political science profession in the post World War II decades.  He was the key figure in the founding of the Social Science Research Council, and chaired it in its first decades.  His public service included membership in the Chicago City Council, and President Roosevelt's National Resources Planning Board, and the Committee on Administrative Management.

Charles E. Merriam Award Committee


2019 Award Recipient 

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Pippa Norris
is a comparative political scientist who has taught at Harvard for more than a quarter century. She is ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, the Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Director of the Electoral Integrity Project and Co-Director of the TrustGov Project.



Year Recipient Affiliation
2019 Pippa Norris Harvard University and Sydney Universities  
2017   Bernard Grofman University of California, Irvine
2015   Donna Shalala University of Miami
2015   Doug Rivers Stanford University
2013   Kathryn Sikkink   University of Minnesota  
2011   Robert Axelrod University of Michigan
2009 Michael Doyle Columbia University  
2007 Robert D. Putnam Harvard University  
2005 Kenneth Prewitt Columbia University  
2003 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Harvard University  
2001 Robert Katzmann U.S. Court of Appeals  
2001 Thomas E. Mann Brookings Institution  
1999 Allen Schick University of Maryland  
1997 Gary Orfield Harvard University  
1995 Alan Rosenthal Rutgers University  
1987 Richard Nathan Princeton University  
1986 Thomas Cronin Colorado College  
1985 James L. Sundquist Brookings Institution  
1984 George F. Kennan Institute for Advanced Study  
1983 Jack Peltason  

Pippa Norris, and many other scholars like her, are able to receive international recognition for their work thanks to the support from individual donations. Please consider making a donation to continue the Charles Merriam Award for the next deserving scholar.


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