Section Awards

Award Information 

2017 Award Winners Winners

Distinguished Scholar Award:  Alison Brysk, University of California, Santa Barbara

Best Dissertation Award: Robert Braun (PhD, Cornell; Assistant Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University), for "Religious Minorities and Resistance to Genocide: Christian Protection of Jews in the Low Countries during the Holocaust"

Best Book Award: Onur Bakiner, Seattle University, for Truth Commissions: Memory, Power and Legitimacy (University of Pennsylvania Press)

Best Book Award
CommitteeZehra Arat 
                       Oak Hall 429
                       University of Connecticut
                       Storrs, CT 06269

                   Bethany Barratt 
                       Roosevelt University 
                       430 South Michigan Avenue
                       Chicago, IL 60605
                    Patrice McMahon
                             Department of Political Science
                        University of Nebraska-Lincoln
                        511 Oldfather hall
                        Lincoln NE 68588-0328

Deadline:     April 1, 2017

This competition is open to all books on human rights written by a political scientist and published in the previous two years. Please send one copy of the book to each member of the award committee. 

Best Dissertation Award
Committee:  Alison Brysk (UC Santa Barbara),
                     Mikyoung Kim (Hiroshima Peace Institute),  
                    Jamie Mayerfeld (University of Washington),

Deadline:     May 15, 2017

Copies of the dissertation and a letter of support (less than 1000 words) from the dissertation chair outlining the contributions of the dissertation to the field of human rights should be received by the committee by May 15, 2017.  

Best Paper Award
CommitteeMichael Goodhart (University of Pittsburgh),
                    Shareen Hertel (University of Connecticut),
                    Richard Hiskes (Grand Valley State University),

Deadline:  May 15, 2017

This award recognizes the best paper presented on a Human Rights Section Panel at the APSA Annual Meeting. 

Distinguished Scholar Award
Committee:  Carol Gould (Section Chair)
                        CUNY Graduate School

                     Rhonda Callaway (Section Vice Chair)
                         Sam Houston State University

                     Bethany Barratt (Section Vice Chair Designate)                         
                         Roosevelt University                         

Deadline:      April 1, 2017

This award recognizes an individual who has worked in the field of human rights and made an exceptional contribution to the field through research, teaching and mentorship.