Formal Theory (Section 52)

The Formal Theory Section of the American Political Science Association is a forum for scholars who use formal theory in their research. The scholarship of the Section’s membership spans substantive subfields and formal approaches. The Section supports and advocates on behalf of its members by, for example, organizing panels at the annual meeting, conducting business meetings of the Section membership, facilitating communication among members, providing relevant resources for teaching and research, and working to broaden the appeal and accessibility of formal theoretic research.

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Founded: 2020

Twitter: @FormalTheory

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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.

All section 52. Formal Theory awards to-date »

Journal of Theoretical Politics Ostrom Award

The Journal of Theoretical Politics Ostrom Award is given to the best article published in the Journal of Theoretical Politics within the previous two calendar years (2021, 2022). Due Date:  March 1, 2023

Name Affiliation Email
Deborah Beim University of Michigan dbeim@umich.edu
Alan Wiseman Vanderbilt University alan.wiseman@vanderbilt.edu
Scott Wolford University of Texas--Austin swolford@austin.utexas.edu


Best Article by a Non-Tenured Scholar

Best paper published in 2022 by a non-tenured scholar. Due Date:  March 1, 2023

Name Affiliation Email
Avidit Acharya Stanford University avidit@stanford.edu
Brenton Kenkel Vanderbilt University brenton.kenkel@vanderbilt.edu
Adam Meirowitz Yale University adam.meirowitz@yale.edu


Best Article 

Best paper published in 2022. Due Date:  March 1, 2023

Name Affiliation Email
Craig Volden University of Virginia cv4w@virginia.edu
Andrew Little University of California, Berkeley andrew.little@berkeley.edu
Jorge Martinez-Vazquez Georgia State University jorgemartinez@gsu.edu


Best APSA Paper

Best paper presented at APSA in 2022. Due Date:  March 1, 2023

Name Affiliation Email
Ken Shotts Stanford University kshotts@stanford.edu
Mattias Polborn Vanderbilt University mattias.polborn@vanderbilt.edu
Raúl Ponce Rodriguez Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez rponce@uacj.mx