Victoria Schuck Award 


Nominations for the 2024 APSA Awards have closed.

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

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. 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 2024 award must be published in 2023).  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. Edited books are ineligible for nomination.
  • Individuals: Please contact the publisher and ask for either an eBook to submit via the online application portal or to have a physical 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 either virtually or via mail.
  • Publishers: Please submit your nomination online through the APSA application portal.  You have the option to either submit an eBook via the portal or mail a hard copy of the nominated book directly to each member of the award committee.

Victoria Schuck Award Committee

Chair: Dr. Diana Z. O'Brien
Rice University

Dr. Erin Cassese
University of Delaware

Dr. Cheryl O'Brien
San Diego State University

Year Author Title Publisher


Ke Li

Marriage Unbound: State Law, Power, and Inequality in Contemporary China

Stanford University Press


Laurel Elder

The Partisan Gap: Why Democratic Women Get Elected But Republican Women Don’t

Hartwick College


Christina Wolbrecht and J. Kevin Corder

A Century of Votes for Women: American Elections Since Suffrage

Cambridge University Press


Melody Ellis Valdini

The Inclusion Calculation: Why Men Appropriate Women’s Representation

Oxford University Press


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

We are continually grateful for the contributions from APSA members and friends that make our work possible. Your donation helps continue the Schuck Award for future scholars researching women and politics. Thank you for your support of APSA and scholars across the discipline.

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