Politics, Literature, and Film (Section 30)

The study of literature and film offers political scientists a particularly stimulating mode of inquiry into political institutions and principles, and into the ways of life that sustain them and are, in turn, shaped by them. Indeed, the creation of this division is itself a sign of the complex and changing landscape of the study of politics. The Section explores the way in which literature--broadly understood to include film and other literary genres--provides unique insights into the nature of political life and the study of politics.

Section Membership Dues

Student Regular
$0 $5

Founded: 1993

Section Counts

Section Officers
Chair Michelle Kundmueller, Old Dominion University
Chair-Elect Katherine Robiadek, Hood College
Secretary Katherine Robiadek, Hood College
2021 Annual Meeting
Division Chair
Michelle Kundmueller, Old Dominion University
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Section Awards

Section awards are presented during the APSA annual meeting awards ceremony. To learn more about any award listed, contact the award committee chair for the award.

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Pamela Jensen Book Award

The Pamela Jensen Book Award is for books that publish research in the areas of politics, literature, and film in the preceding three calendar years.

Nomination Years: This prize is awarded once every three years.  The next award will be given in 2020/21.
Deadline for nominations: TBA

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email

Wilson Carey McWilliams Award

The Wilson Carey McWilliams Best Paper Award is given for the best paper presented at the previous year’s APSA Annual Meeting. Deadline for nominations: November 1, 2020

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Rob Watkins Columbia College Chicago [email protected]
Katie Robiadek Boston University [email protected]
Eunji Kim Vanderbilt University [email protected]