Leonard D. White Award 

Nominations are now closed.

The Leonard D. White Award honors the best dissertation successfully defended during the previous two years in the field of public administration.

The award, supported by University of Chicago, is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and carries a cash prize of $750.

Leonard D. White Award Committee

Chair: Dr. Jacqueline M. Chattopadhyay
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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Dr. Daniel P. Hawes
Kent State University
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Dr. Jessica N Terman
George Mason University
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2019 Award Recipient 


Chad Levinson
is an Assistant Professor in the Government and International Affairs program at Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs. Professor Levinson earned his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2017. In the 2017-18 academic year, he was the Stanley Kaplan Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science and the Leadership Studies Program at Williams College. He is also a former Research Fellow in the International Security Program of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Prior to entering graduate school, he worked in the information technology industry designing and programming large-scale databases. He graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s in English Literature, where he also performed in musicals with two future Tony Award winners and the Mayor of Los Angeles. His research and teaching interests center on U.S. Foreign Policy, the presidency, civil society, and information warfare. He is working on a book project, The Credibility Cartel, based on his dissertation.

Year Author Dissertation Submitted by


Chad Levinson

Moral Subsidy: The Origins of Influential Extra-Governmental Organizations in US National Security Politics

University of Chicago


Jennifer Mei Jun Yim

Delinquency's Treatment: Why Interactions Produce Policy and Identity in Secure Juvenile Facilities

University of Utah


Alan Zarychta

It Takes More Than a Village: Governance and Public Services in Developing Countries

University of Colorado at Boulder


Bruce Jones

An fMRI Study of the Reward Preferences of Government and Business Leaders

University of Texas, Dallas


Katharine Bradley

Who Lobbies the Lobbyists? Bureaucratic Influence on State Medicaid Legislation

University of Michigan


Viridiana Rios Contreras

How Government Structure Encourages Criminal Violence: The Causes of Mexico's Drug War

Harvard University


Deondra E. Rose

The Development of U.S. Higher Education Policy and its Impact on the Gender Dynamics of American Citizenship

Cornell University


Quinn W. Mulroy

Public Regulation through Private Litigation: The Regulatory Power of Private Lawsuits and the American Bureaucracy

Columbia University


Amanda M. Girth

Accountability and Discretion in the Age of Contracting: When and Why Do Public Managers Implement Sanctions for Unsatisfactory Contract Performance?

American University


Mikhail Pryadilnikov

The State and Markets in Russia: Understanding the Development of Bureaucratic Implementation Capacities through the Study of Regulatory Reform, 2001-2008

Harvard University


Zachary Oberfield

Becoming the Man: How Street-Level Bureaucrats Develop Their Workplace Identities and Views

University of Wisconsin, Madison


Matthew Dull

The Politics of Results: Comprehensive Reform and Institutional Choice

University of Wisconsin


Daniel W. Gingerich

Corruption in General Equilibrium: Political Institutions and Bureaucratic Performance in South America

Harvard University


David Pitts

Diversity, Representation and Performance: Evidence about Ethnicity in Public Organizations

University of Georgia