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Frank J. Goodnow Award

The Frank Johnson Goodnow Award was established by the APSA Council in 1996 to honor service to the community of teachers, researchers, and public servants who work in the many fields of politics. Frank J. Goodnow, the first president of the American Political Science Association, a pioneer in the development of judicial politics, and former president of Johns Hopkins University, is an exemplar of the public service and volunteerism that this award represents.

Nominating Information
Each year the Association solicits nominations from members of the Council, former winners, and APSA members. Nominations are then considered by the Goodnow Committee. One or more recipients may be selected, and in some years no recipients may be named. Recipients are approved by the APSA Administrative Committee. 

Nominations for the 2020 Goodnow Award will close on Friday, February 14, 2020. Please click here to submit a nomination. 


List of all Goodnow Award Recipients

Award Committee

Frank J. Goodnow Award Committee


Chair: Arlene W. Saxonhouse
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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Professor James P. Pfiffner
George Mason University
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Dr. Michele L. Swers
Georgetown University
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