Hundreds of papers were presented at this year’s conference and several were nominated for awards. The papers listed below are the most outstanding in their respective categories. The awardees are invited to be guests at the annual NPSA awards ceremony where the awards will be handed to them personally.


Every year, NPSA gives a series of best Paper Awards, including the Best Faculty Paper and the Best Graduate Student Paper presented at the previous conference. The Theory Section has a separate McWilliams Award which goes to the best paper in the subfield of Political Theory, and the Women's Caucus has two additional Award categories (see corresponding link right menu column).


The Process:  At every NPSA conference, Panel Chairs are asked to nominate a paper for consideration for an Award and to submit the nominated paper to a committee of faculty members which evaluates all contending papers and designates the winner in each category.


The Criteria: The Award Committees look for a winning paper that is well written, addresses new theoretical grounds or makes an important theoretical contribution to the discipline and is relevant to the political process.


The Best Graduate Student Paper Award is graciously funded by Lanahan Publishing.


We are currently in the process of writing descriptions for each award.