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Gladys M. Kammerer Award 

Nominations are now closed.



The Kammerer Award honors the best book published in the field of U.S. national policy.

The award is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and carries a cash prize of $1,000. 


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.  It is not compulsory that authors be political scientists.

    Books must have been published in the previous calendar year to be eligible for the current awards cycle (books for the 2021 award must be published in 2020). Many books contain both a publication date and a copyright date, and these may differ. Eligibility is determined by the earlier of these dates that is printed with the publication information at the front of the book.


  • Individuals: Please contact the publisher and ask to have a copy of the nominated book mailed directly to each award committee member.

    Self-nominations are accepted.  If you nominate yourself for a book award, you assume responsibility for contacting your publisher and having copies of your book sent to the award committee.


  • Publishers: After completing and submitting your nomination online through the APSA application portal, please mail a copy of the nominated book directly to each member of the award committee.

Gladys M. Kammerer Award Committee



Year Recipient Title Publisher

2020

Amy E. Lerman

Good Enough for Government Work: The Public Reputation Crisis in America (And What We Can Do to Fix It

University of Chicago Press

2019  

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez

Politics at Work: How Companies Turn Their Workers into Lobbyists

Oxford University Press

2018

Sarah Binder and Mark Spindel

The Myth of Independence: How Congress Governs the Federal Reserve

Princeton University Press

2017

Gary J. Miller and Andrew B. Whitford

Above Politics: Bureaucratic Discretion and Credible Commitment

Cambridge University Press

2016

Helen V. Milner and Dustin Tingley

Sailing the Water's Edge: The Domestic Politics of American Foreign Policy

Princeton University Press

2015

Craig Volden and Alan Wiseman

Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress

Cambridge University Press

2014

Nicholas Carnes

White-Collar Government

University of Chicago Press

2013

Betsy Sinclair

The Social Citizen: Peer Networks and Political Behavior

University of Chicago Press

2012

Sean D. Ehrlich

Access Points

Oxford University Press

2011

Sean Farhang

The Litigation State: Public Regulation and Private Lawsuits in the U.S.

Princeton University Press

2010

Margot Canaday

The Straight State:  Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America

Princeton University Press

2010

Anthony S. Chen

The Fifth Freedom:  Jobs, Politics, and Civil Rights in the United States, 1941-1972

Princeton University Press

2009

Larry Bartels

Unequal Democracy

Princeton University Press

2008

Dara Z. Stolovitch

Affirmative Advocacy: Race, Class and Gender

University of Chicago Press

2008

Frank R. Baumgartner, Suzanna L. DeBoef, and Amber E. Boydstun

The Decline of the Death Penalty and the Discovery of Innocence

Cambridge University Press

2007

Benjamin I. Page and Marshall M. Bouton

The Foreign Policy Disconnect:  What Americans Want from Our Leaders But Don’t Get

University of Chicago Press

2006

Jonas Pontusson

Inequality and Prosperity: Social Europe vs. Liberal America

Cornell University Press

2006

Suzanne Mettler

Soldiers to Citizens: The G.I. Bill and the Making of the Greatest Generation

Oxford University Press

2005

Charles T. Clotfelter

After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation

Princeton University Press

2005

Geoffrey R. Stone

Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from The Sedition Act of 1798 to The War on Terrorism

W.W. Norton & Company

2004

Gerry Mackie

Democracy Defended

Cambridge University Press


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