E. E. Schattschneider Award 

Nominations are now open

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 15, 2023.

The Schattschneider Award honors the best doctoral dissertation in the field of American government.

The award was established in honor of Dr. Elmer Eric Schattschneider, a widely published and respected political scientist who served as APSA President in 1956.  The award is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and carries a cash prize of $750.  

Nomination Information

  • Eligibility: Nominees do not have to be members of APSA, affiliated with an institution in the United States, or an American citizen in order to be considered for an award.

    Dissertations must have been successfully defended within the previous two calendar years (dissertations for the 2023 award must be defended in 2021 or 2022).

    Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations from non-PhD departments and institutions are also welcome if the nominee is currently employed there.

    APSA will accept only one nomination for the Schattschneider Award per school or political science department.

E. E. Schattschneider Award Committee

Chair: Dr. Pamela C. Corley
Southern Methodist University
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Davia C. Downey
University of Memphis
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Dr. Daniel J. Hopkins
University of Pennsylvania
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Year Recipient Dissertation Submitted by


Matthew Graham and Matthew Nelsen

Misperceiving Misperceptions: How Surveys Distort the Nature of Partisan Belief Differences

Educating for Empowerment: Race, Socialization, and Reimagining Civic Education

Yale University and Northwestern University


Christina Kinane

Control without Confirmation: The Politics of Vacancies in Presidential Appointments

University of Michigan


John A. Dearborn

The Representative Presidency: The Ideational Foundations of Institutional Development and Durability

Yale University


Jacob Grumbach

Polarized Federalism: Activists, Voters, and the Resurgence of State Policy in the U.S.

University of California, Berkeley


Benjamin Toff

The Blind Scorekeepers: Journalism, Polling, and the Battle to Define Public Opinion in American Politics

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Mallory SoRelle

Democracy Declined: The Failed Politics of Consumer Credit

Cornell University


Rachel Potter

Writing the Rules of the Game: The Strategic Logic of Agency Rulemaking

University of Michigan


Danielle Thomsen

Party Fit in the US Congress: The Intersection of Ideology, Political Parties and Gender

Cornell University


Sarah Anzia

Election Timing and the Political Influence of the Organized

Stanford University


Jon Rogowski

Representation and the Electoral Connection

University of Chicago


James M. Curry

Information Control: Leadership Power in the U.S. House of Representatives

University of Maryland, College Park


Adam Seth Levine

Strategic Solicitation: Explaining When Requests for Political Donations Are Persuasive

University of Michigan


Corwin D. Smidt

The Spinning Message: How New Media Coverage and Voter Persuasion Shape Campaign Agendas

Ohio State University


Traci Burch

Punishment and Participation: How Criminal Convictions Threaten American Democracy

Harvard University


Daniel Jacob Hopkins

When Differences Divide: How National Influences and Local Demographics Shape Politics Between Ethnic Groups

Harvard University


Michael M. Franz

Choices and Changes: Interest Groups in the Electoral Process

University of Wisconsin


Robert W. Mickey

Paths Out of Dixie: The Decay of Authoritarian Enclaves in America's Deep South, 1944-1972

Harvard University


Markus Prior

Post-Broadcast Democracy: How Greater Media Choice Changes Politics

Princeton University


Jeremy David Bailey

Democratic Energy: Thomas Jefferson and the Development of Presidential Power

Boston College


David Campbell

Participation in Context: How Communities and Schools Shape Civic Engagement

Harvard University


Tracy Sulkin

Rethinking Responsiveness: Campaign Themes, Legislative Agendas, and the Politics of Issue Uptake

University of Washington


Deborah Gould

Sex, Death, and the Politics of Anger: Emotions and Reason in ACT UP's Fight Against AIDS

University of Chicago


William Howell

Presidential Power and the Politics of Unilateral Action

Stanford University


Glen S. Krutz

Explaining Institutional Change: The Rise and Impact of Omnibus Legislation

Texas A&M University


Stephen P. Nicholson

Rethinking Voting Behavior: Agenda, Priming, and Spillover Effects in U.S. Elections

University of California, Davis


Frances E. Lee

The Enduring Consequences of the Great Compromise: Senate Apportionment and Congressional Policymaking

Vanderbilt University


Gregory Wawro

Legislative Entrepreneurship in the U.S. House of Representatives

Cornell University


Sarah Binder

Minority Rights and Majority Rule: The Partisan Basis of Procedural Choice in Congress, 1789-1994

University of Minnesota


Patricia Conley

Presidential Mandates: How Elections Shape the National Agenda

University of Chicago


No award given


Scott C. James

Coalition-Building, the Democracy, and the Development of American Regulatory Institutions, 1884-1936: A Party System Perspective

University of California, Los Angeles


David King

Committee Jurisdictions and Institutional Change in the U.S. House of Representatives

University of Michigan


George Douglas Dion

Removing the Obstructions: Minority Rights and the Politics of Procedural Change in the Nineteenth Century House of Representatives

University of Michigan


Christopher Peter Gilbert

Religious Environments and Political Actors

Washington University


Laura Stoker

Morality and the Study of Political Behavior

University of Michigan


Victoria Hattam

Unions and Politics: The Courts and American Labor: 1806-1896

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Mark C. Westlye

Dynamics of U.S. Senate Elections

University of California, Berkeley


Lawrence Rothenberg

The Politics and Economics of Regulation and Deregulation: Motor Freight Policy at the Interstate Commerce Commission

Stanford University


Mark Alex Peterson

Domestic Policy and Legislative Decision-Making: Congressional Responses to Presidential Initiatives

University of Michigan


John Zaller

The Role of Elites in Shaping Public Opinion

University of California, Berkeley


Larry M. Bartels

Presidential Primaries and the Dynamics of Public Choice

University of California, Berkeley


Thomas W. Wolf

Congressional Sea Change: Conflict and Organizational Accommodation in the House of Representatives 1878-1921

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Paul Light

The President's Agenda: Domestic Policy Choice from Kennedy to Carter

University of Michigan


Byron E. Shafer

The Party Reformed: Reform Politics in the Democratic Party, 1968-1972

University of California, Berkeley


No award given


Rodger Robert Huckfeldt

Political Behavior and the Social Context of Urban Neighborhoods

Washington University


Michael T. Hayes

An Economic Theory of Interest Groups and Public Policy

Indiana University


Kristi Andersen

How Realignments Happen: Mobilization and the Creation of a Democratic Majority, 1928-1936

University of Chicago


W. Lance Bennett

The Political Mind and the Political Environment

Yale University


Dall Worthington Forsythe

Taxation and Regime Change in America, 1781-1833: A Taxonomy of Political Events

Columbia University


Lawrence E. McCray

The Politics of Regulation: Multi-firm Trade Associations in Telecommunications Policy Making

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Michael Jay Robinson

Public Affairs Television and the Growth of Political Malaise: The Case of the Selling of the Pentagon

University of Michigan


Paul M. Sniderman

Personality and Democratic Politics: Correlates of Self-Esteem

University of California, Berkeley

We are continually grateful for the contributions from APSA members and friends that make our work possible. Your donation helps continue the Schattschneider Award for future scholars researching American government. Thank you for your support of APSA and scholars across the discipline.

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