Victoria Schuck Award 

Nominations are now closed.

The Victoria Schuck Award honors the best book published on women and politics.

The award is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and carries a cash prize of $750.  Victoria Schuck earned her PhD in 1937 from Stanford University and played a leading role in opening doors for women in the profession.  She was not only an outstanding mentor for women, but her service in senior administrative roles at Mt Holyoke College and Mount Vernon College opened doors for future generations of women leaders.

Nomination Information

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

Victoria Schuck Award Committee

Chair: Caroline Beer
41 Clymer St.
Burlington, VT 05401

Nandini Deo
4/4 Scheherzade Building
Opposite Fariyas Hotel
Apollo Bunder Rd
Colaba Mumbai 
MH 400005

Professor Kate Bedford
Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom

2019 Award Recipient 


Brooke Ackerly
is Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University and co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Feminist Journal of Politics (2018-2021). In her research, teaching, and collaborations, she works to clarify without simplifying the most pressing problems of global justice, including human rights and climate change. Using feminist methodologies, she integrates into her theoretical work empirical research on activism and the experiences of those affected by injustice (Grounded Normative Theory). See Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism (Cambridge 2000), Universal Human Rights in a World of Difference (Cambridge 2008), Doing Feminist Research with Jacqui True (Palgrave Macmillan 2010, second edition forthcoming), and Just Responsibility: A Human Rights Theory of Global Justice (Oxford University Press 2018).

Year Author Title Publisher


Brooke A. Ackerly

Just Responsibility: A Human Rights Theory of Global Justice

Oxford University Press


Kara Ellerby

No Shortcut to Change: An Unlikely Path to a More Gender Equitable World

University of Delaware


J. Kevin Corder and Christina Wolbrecht

Counting Women's Ballots: Female voters from Suffrage to through the New Deal

Cambridge University Press


Sarah Deer

The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America

University of Minnesota Press


Lisa Baldez

Defying Convention: U.S. Resistance to the U.N. Treaty on Women’s Rights

Cambridge University Press


Deborah Jordan Brooks

He Runs, She Runs: Why Gender Stereotypes Do Not Harm Women Candidates

Princeton University Press


Myra Marx Feree

Varieties of Feminism: German Gender Politics in Global Perspective

Stanford University Press


S. Laurel Weldon

When Protest Makes Policy: How Social Movements Represent Disadvantages Groups

University of Michigan Press


Torben Iversen and Frances Rosenbluth

Women, Work & Politics: The Political Economy of Gender Inequality

Yale University Press


Mona Lena Krook

Quotas for Women in Politics: Gender and Candidate Selection Reform Worldwide

Oxford University Press


Kristin Bumiller

In an Abusive State: How Neoliberalism Appropriated the Feminist Movement Against Sexual Violence

Duke University Press


Georgina Waylen

Engendering Transitions: Women’s Mobilization, Institutions,
and Gender Outcomes

Oxford University Press


Anna Marie Smith

Welfare Reform and Sexual Regulation

Cambridge University Press


Kathrin S. Zippel

The Politics of Sexual Harassment: A Comparative Study of the United States, the European Union, and Germany

Cambridge University Press


Shireen Hassim

Women's Organizations and Democracy in South Africa: Contesting Authority

University of Wisconsin Press


Valentine M. Moghadam

Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks

Johns Hopkins University Press


Saba Mahmood

Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject

Princeton University Press


Nancy J. Hirschmann

Subject of Liberty: Toward a Feminist Theory of Freedom

Princeton University Press


Louise A. Chappell

Gendering Government: Feminist Engagement with the State in Australia and Canada

University of British Columbia Press

Brooke Ackerly, and many other scholars like her, are able to receive international recognition for their work thanks to the support from individual donations. Please consider making a donation to continue the Victoria Schuck Award for the next deserving scholar.

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