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.
All section 36. Human Rights awards to-date »
Best Book Award
This competition is open to
all books on human rights authored by members of APSA in the previous two
calendar years. Please send one copy of the book to each member of the award
committee. Standing Committees include three elected members. Each committee member
is elected for a three-year term and can be re-elected for an additional
two-year term. Members can run for a position in the same committee five years
after the completion of their last term.
Deadline for nominations: April 15, 2021
Distinguished Scholar Award
Periodically, the Section may honor a distinguished scholar who has made a major contribution to the advancement of human rights scholarship and to our community through their research, teaching, mentoring of others, creation of opportunities for exchange and collaboration among scholars, or other means. Distinguished scholars will: · Have records of scholarly excellence, as demonstrated in their publications, grants, pedagogical accomplishments, and/or outreach and engagement efforts; · Have been active participants in the section, now or in the past, and have contributed to the maintenance of our scholarly community in some meaningful way (e.g., in a leadership or mentoring role, as an active panel or workshop participant, etc.); · Be at least 10 years from the date of their PhD degrees.
Procedure: Every three years, the Section will promulgate a call for nominations. Nomination packages should include a letter of nomination describing how the nominee meets the award criteria, the nominee’s detailed cv, and the names and contact information of up to four people who could provide references in support of the nomination. Self-nominations are not accepted. The committee will consider all nominations but reserves the right not to make an award if no nominees fulfill the criteria. The committee acknowledges that the division of academic labor remains deeply gendered, racialized, and hierarchical, including with respect to institutional type and type of academic appointment or affiliation. We especially invite nominations of scholars and scholar-activists who have made significant contributions to our field and profession in ways that work to challenge and eradicate these forms of domination.
Deadline for nominations: April 1, 2021
Best Dissertation Award
Dissertation making the greatest contribution to the field of human rights in the previous calendar year. Please send a copy to each member of the committee. Deadline for nominations: April 1, 2021
Best Paper Award
This award recognizes the best paper presented on a Human Rights Section Panel at the APSA Annual Meeting. Deadline for nominations: April 1, 2021