Harold D. Lasswell Award 

Nominations are now closed.

The Harold D. Lasswell Award honors the best doctoral dissertation in the field of public policy.

The award, co-supported by the Policy Studies Organization, is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and carries a cash prize of $1,000.

Harold D. Lasswell Award Committee

Chair: Dr. Susan L. Moffitt
Brown University
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Dr. Isabelle Engeli
University of Exeter
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Professor George Hoberg
University of British Columbia
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2019 Award Recipient 


Natália Bueno
is an assistant professor at Emory University. Her research interests are comparative politics, public policy, political economy, and race and ethnicity. Natália studies the political logic of nonstate welfare provision, provision of public goods, the political effects of public policies as well as the causes of the underrepresentation of racial groups in electoral politics. She received a Ph.D. in Political Science and a M.A. in International Development Economics from Yale University. Natália has also worked at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning in São Paulo and at the Institute of Applied Economics.

Year Author Dissertation Submitted by


Natália S. Bueno

The Distributive Politics of Non-State Welfare Provision

Yale University


Jonathan Mummolo

Modern Police Tactics, Police-Citizen Interactions, and the Prospects for Reform

Princeton University


Alexander Hertel-Fernandez

Whose Bills? Corporate Interests and Conservative Mobilization Across the States

Harvard University


Brian Palmer-Rubin

Evading the Patronage Trap: Interest Organizations and Policymaking in Mexico

University of California, Berkeley


Michael Hartney

Turning Out Teachers: The Causes and Consequences of Teacher Political Activism in the Postwar United States

University of Notre Dame


Sarah Anzia

Election Timing and the Political Influence of the Organized

Stanford University


Nicholas Carnes

By the Upper Class, For the Upper Class? Representational Inequality and Economic Policymaking in the United States

Princeton University


Christopher G. Faricy

The Politics of Public Versus Private Social Welfare

University of North Carolina


Jennifer Kavanagh

The Dynamics of Protracted Terror Campaigns: Domestic Politics, 
Terrorist Violence, and Counterterror Responses

University of Michigan


Karen Long Jusko

The Political Representation of the Poor

University of Michigan


Michael Schoon

Building Robustness to Disturbance: Governance in Southern African Peace Parks

Indiana University


Christian Breuing

Institutions, Attention Shifts, and Changes within National Budgets

University of Washington


Vanda Felbab-Brown

Shooting Up: The Impact of Illicit Economies on Military Conflict

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Jonathan Ari Laurence

Managing Transnational Religion: Muslims and the State in Western Europe (1974-2004)

Boston College


Esther N. Mwangi

Institutional Change and Politics: The Transformation of Property Rights in Kenya's Maasailand

International Food Policy Research Institute


Thad Williamson

Sprawl, Justice, and Citizenship: A Philosophical and Empirical Inquiry

Harvard University


Suzanne Christine Nielsen

Preparing for War: The Dynamics of Peacetime Military Reform

Harvard University


Kristin Anne Goss

Disarmed: The Real American Gun Control Paradox

Harvard University