The APSA-IPSA Theodore J. Lowi First Book Award honors the author of a first book in any field of political science that exemplifies qualities of broad ambition, high originality, and intellectual daring, showing promise of having a substantive impact on the overall discipline, regardless of method, specific focus of inquiry or approach to subject. 

The award carries a cash prize of $1,000. APSA and IPSA present the award in alternating years. IPSA will present the 2020 award at the IPSA World Congress of Political Science and APSA will award it at the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting.

Nominations and self-nominations are closed.  

This year's prize recognizes books published in the previous calendar year (2019).  Books must be single-author works in order to be eligible for the Lowi Award.

Nominators are responsible for shipping or sending books to the award committee after submitting a nomination.  Shipping information for award committee members is available below.  All books being shipped should be postmarked by no later than Friday, December 13, 2019 in order to be considered.


Lowi Award Committee

Chair: Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Müller-Rommel  
Department of Political Science
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Campus 04.023a
21337 Lüneburg

Ana De La O Torres
For US Mail and Packages:
      Political Science
      Yale University
      PO Box 208301
      New Haven, CT 06520
For UPS, FedEx, DHL:
      Political Science
      Yale University
      115 Prospect St #208301
      New Haven, CT 06520

Gary Herrigel
Department of Political Science
University of Chicago
5828 S. University Avenue
Chicago, Il 60637

About Theodore Lowi
Throughout a prolific and influential career, Lowi developed new understandings of the relationship of public policy to politics, the influence of institutional arrangements to the exercise of power, the role of ideology in the development of political parties, the relationship of democracy to law, the relevance of concept analysis for theory building, and more.

2019: Stephanie J. Rickard, Cambridge University Press
          Spending to Win: Political Institutions, Economic Geography, and Government Subsidies

2018: Margaret Peters, University of California
         Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization

2017: Dara Kay Cohen, Cornell University Press
         Rape During Civil War

2016: Jennifer Rubenstein, University of Virginia 
         Between Samaritans and States: The Political Ethics of Humanitarian INGOs (Oxford University Press)