Sexuality and Politics (Section 38)

The objective of the Sexuality and Politics Section is to bring together scholars working in a variety of areas within political science to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and to foster intellectual community and expertise within the APSA.

Founded: 2007
Public Discussion List: APSA Connect discussion

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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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Kenneth Sherrill Best Dissertation Award

The Kenneth Sherrill Best Dissertation Award recognizes the best dissertation on sexuality and politics completed and successfully defended in the previous two calendar years. The award is open to all scholarship that falls under the broad rubric of sexuality and politics, including studies concerning the regulation of sexuality, political responses to the regulation of sexuality, the uses of sexuality as a political construct, the intersections of sexuality with gender, race, and class, or LGBT politics and mobilizations.
Deadline for nominations: March 15, 2023

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Scott Nicholas Siegel (Chair) San Francisco State University   snsiegel@sfsu.edu
Joanna Wuest Mount Holyoke College jwuest@mtholyoke.edu
Minwoo Jung Loyola University Chicago mjung@luc.edu

Cynthia Weber Best Conference Paper Award

The Best Conference Paper Award recognizes the best paper exploring sexuality and politics presented at the previous year’s APSA Annual Meeting. Deadline for nominations: March 15, 2023

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Brian Harrison (Chair)  University of Minnesota brianfharrison@icloud.com
Isabel Felix Gonzales University of California, Irvine isabelfg@uci.edu
Zein Murib Fordham University zmurib@fordham.edu



LGBTQ+ Politics Best Book Award

The LGBTQ+ Politics Best Book Award is given annually to a book published in the preceding calendar year that addresses LGBTQ+ politics, broadly defined. The committee welcomes books in any subfield of political science and using any appropriate methodology. Nominations must be received by April 15th of the year the award will be given Deadline for nominations: April 15th, 2023

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email/Address
Alison Gash (Chair)  University of Oregon bgash@uoregon.edu
Edward F. Kammerer, Jr. Idaho State University 921 S 8th Ave Stop 8073
Pocatello ID 83201
Melissa R. Michelson Menlo College 1000 El Camino Real
Atherton CA 94027

Sexuality & Politics Lasting Contribution Award

This award is given to recognize a paper, journal article, book, or body of work that has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of sexuality and politics and the discipline of political science more broadly. To be considered for this award, the work nominated must be at least 10 years old. Any member of the Sexuality & Politics section can put forward a nomination for this award.