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Our endowed awards honor the legacies of those for whom the endowments are named, and allow us to acknowledge the scholarly contributions made in the previous year and provide financial assistance to qualified conference participants.

Funding for the awards is only possible through the generosity of those who support the SPSA and its mission to improve teaching, to promote interest and research in theoretical and practical political problems, and to encourage communication and develop standards of competence and respect within the field of political science. 

The SPSA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization; as such, your contributions are fully tax-deductible, as permitted by law.


Artinian Awards
Professional Development

The Artinian Award is a travel grant available for program participants who are fulltime but untenured faculty members. Edward Artinian graduated from Brown University in 1957, and received an MBA from Columbia University in 1977. In 1979, he founded Chatham House Publishers, which specializes in publishing political science and public policy works. He died September 9, 1997. 

To apply, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  expressing your interest in the Artinian Travel Award and attach a current CV. Applications should be received between October 1 and November 1. 

You must be presenting a paper at the 2014 meeting to be eligible.
You may only receive this award once.

Diane Blair Award
Outstanding achievement in politics and government

ImageThis award is presented biennially to a political scientist who has played an outstanding role in politics and/or government during their career at the local, state, national or international level. Diane Blair was a professor at University of Arkansas from 1968 to 1997,and also worked in the real world of politics and government as a member of the Electoral College, board chair of the Arkansas Educational Television Commission, Chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and a senior advisor, researcher, and chronicler of the successful Clinton-Gore presidential campaign in 1992 (among other accomplishments). This award honors her memory by emphasizing the importance of political scientists applying their professional skills and learning as she did. 

This award will be presented at the 2014 meeting. 

2012 Award Winner:

Charles Bullock, University of Georgia

Joseph Bernd JOP Editor Fund

Created in the memory of his parents, the Joseph Bernd JOP Editors Fund was created to support the  activities of the editorial offices of the Journal of Politics. Joseph L. Bernd was born on December 8, 1923 in Blacksburg, Virginia. After attending Vanderbilt University, he was Professor of Political Science at High Point College, and later joined the faculty at Southern Methodist University. His publications include A Study of Primary Elections in Georgia (1957), Recent Restrictions upon Negro Suffrage: The Case of Georgia (1959), Some Problems in the Theory of Political Coalitions (1967), Equal Protection of Voting Rights: The Logic of One Person, One Vote (1968), and Assassination and Hypnosis: Political Influence or Conspiracy? He was the editor of Mathematical Applications in Political Science (1965, Dallas, Southern Methodist University). He served as the Editor for the Journal of Politics from 1980 to 1982, and died in May of 1984. 


Journal of Politics Best Paper Award

2013 Award Winners:

 Matthew Levendusky & Michael C. Horowitz  (University of Pennsylvania) for:
"When Backing Down is the Right Decision: Partisanship, New Information, and Audience Costs"

Malcolm Jewell Award
Outstanding Graduate Student Paper

2013 Award Winner:

Andrew Scott Waugh (University California-San Diego) for:
"Party Organizations and the Congressional Agenda" 

Manning Dauer Award
J. Dauer founded the Political Science Department at the University of Florida. He was the President of the SPSA in 1955. He guided the revision of Florida's Constitution in the 1950s and 1960s. The SPSA Manning Dauer Award is presented biennially to a political scientist for exceptional service to the profession.

This Award will be presented at the 2014 SPSA Annual Meeting

Marian Irish Award
Outstanding Women and Politics Paper

2013 Award Winner:

Kathleen Dolan (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) for:
"Political Gender Stereotypes and Voting for Women Candidates in 2010"

Walter Beach Award

Walter Beach was a man known for his dedication, generosity, and enthusiasm. He played a vital role in the formation of the SPSA, as well as significant roles in the American Political Science Association, Policy Studies Organization, and National Capital Area Political Science Association. Beach earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Dickinson College, and later a master's degree in political science from George Washington University. He was editor of PS (the APSA's news journal) from 1971-1980. He also worked for the Brookings Institution and the Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation.  The Walter Beach Award carries forward Beach's vision of internationalizing the SPSA by providing opportunities for foreign colleagues to attend the annual conference.

2013 Award Winner:

Darren Halpin, Australian National University

Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper Award

2013 Award Winners:

David M. Konisky (Georgetown University) and Christopher M. Reenock (Florida State University) for:
"Examining Sources of Regulatory Compliance Bias in Policy Implementation"

Prestage-Cook Travel Award

The Prestage-Cook Award is named for Dr. Jewel Limar Prestage. Dr. Prestage was one of the first African American women to receive a Ph. D. from an American University. She was a pioneer in academic research in the area of race, gender, and politics and played leadership roles in many national political science organizations (including serving as president of the SPSA in 1976), however, her most lasting legacy is her mentoring and teaching of thousands of students, many of whom she helped guide towards postgraduate education. To continue that work of supporting graduate students in political science, the SPSA offers the Prestage-Cook Travel Award, a travel grant exclusively for graduate students who are program participants.

To apply, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  expressing your interest in the Prestage-Cook Travel Award and attach a current CV. Applications should be received between October 1 and November 1. 

You must be presenting a paper at the 2014 meeting to be eligible. You may only receive this award once.

V. O. Key Award
Outstanding book on Southern Politics in previous year

The SPSA is currently accepting submissions for the 2015 V.O. Key Award. Please send seven copies of your book to:

Southern Political Science Association

PO Box 1054

Claxton, GA 30417

Along with the copies of the book, please include a note detailing the name of the book and the names of the submitter. 

Neal Tate Award

Oustanding Paper in Judicial Politics


The Neal Tate Award is named for Dr. C. Neal Tate, the 2009-2010 President of the SPSA. Dr. Tate served at University of North Texas from 1970-2003 as dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies and Regents Professor of Political Science, and later as professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, and at the Vanderbilt Law School. His research interests included comparative and American Judicial Politics, Third World politics, and military in politics. In 1987 & 1994, he was named a Fulbright-Hays senior research fellow and traveled to Ateneo de Manila University to Study the Philippine Supreme Court. From 1994-1996, he directed the law and social science program at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Tate was also the editor of the Law and Politics Book Review from 1996-1999, published by the American Political Science Association's section on The Law and Courts. 

2013 Award Winners:

Ryan Owens (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Patrick Wohlfarth (University of Maryland-College Park) for:
"Minimizing Doctrinal Drift: The Role of Clarity in Protecting Supreme Court Opinions"

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