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- Robert Alan Dahl Award for Academic Excellence
- Daniel S. Lev Award for Best Honors Thesis
- Sharon Redeker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Service
- Graduate Student Teaching Award
- Graduate Student Paper Award - Best Paper Presented at a Conference
- Stuart A. Scheingold Award for Best Graduate Student Paper in the Public Law Field
- Philo S. Bennett Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper on Free Government
- Linden A. Mander Prize for Best Graduate Paper in International Relations
- Takarnath Das Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Comparative and International Politics
- Camden Hall Graduate Research Grant
- Ione E. Curtis Graduate Research Grant
- David J. Olson Graduate Research Grant
- Peter May Graduate Research Grant
- Bryan and Diane Jones Graduate Research Grant
- Kizhanatham Jagannathan Graduate Research Grant
- Alfred and Joanne Brainard Graduate Research Grant
- Richard B. Wesley Fellow Awards
- Nancy C.M. Hartsock Endowed Graduate Student Award in Feminist Theory
- Margaret Levi and Robert D. Kaplan Graduate Fellowship in Comparative Political Economy
Robert A. Dahl graduated from the University of Washington in 1936 and went on to become one of the most distinguished political scientists of his generation. He earned a Ph.D. from Yale in 1940 and became a professor at Yale in 1946 and remained there until his retirement in 1986. He was elected president of the American Political Science Association (APSA) in 1966. Two of his books, Who Governs (1962) and Democracy and Its Critics (1990) received APSA’s Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award as the Best Book of the Year in American Politics. In 1978 he received APSA’s first James Madison Award, given to a scholar whose career is deemed to have been preeminent. In 1982 he was honored by the University of Washington as Alumnas Summa Laude Dignatus.
2021 – Megan Baffaro
2020 – Kathryn Mason Karcher
2019 – Zhiqin Gao
2018 – Caleb Huffman
2017 – Anna Caroline Mikkelborg
2016 – Johnathan Tyler Mills
2015 – Daniel Robert Miller
2014 – Rutger Lukas Ceballos
2013 – Shelby Paige Woods
2012 – Mikhael Samson Yitre
2011 – Alison Davis
2010 – Julia Abelev
2009 – Jay Paul Singh
2008 – Ambrogino Guisti
2007 – James Malone
2006 – Jennifer W. Howk
2005 – Eric Ndahayo Mvukiyehe
2004 – Amy Nicole Ramsey
2003 – Elizabeth Aritzu Zamora
2002 – Stephanie McNees and Jasmine Weaver
2001 – Eric Daniel Peterson
2000 – Erik Mobrand
1999 – Theresa Ann Buckley and Carew Elizabeth Boulding
1998 – Alina Ann McLauchlan and Ralph Paul Stimers
1997 – Heather Deneen Dash and Steven Andrew Miller
1996 – Ian Michael Goodhew
1995 – Michael Philip Corcoro
1994 – Loren Brett Landau
1993 – Jocelyn Inger Peterson
1992 – Steven George Ojemann
1991 – Wendy Elizabeth Franz
1990 – James S. Philipp
1989 – Curtis Alan McGregor
1988 – Gail Marie Stone and Kayleen Jo Hildreth
1987 – Pauline Teresa Bains
1986 – Omid Ali Mantashi
Daniel S. Lev was an eminent scholar in comparative politics and comparative legal systems, with a special expertise on law, politics and human rights in Southeast Asia. He taught with distinction in the graduate and undergraduate programs of the University of Washington Political Science departments for nearly 30 years. Lev developed the department Honors program into a model of intellectual inquiry that has been emulated across the UW campus and around the nation.
2021 – Ly Coffin, "Unintended Consequences in Afghanistan: An Analysis of Foreign Aid and Violence”
2020 – Sabrina Suen, "How the Rise of Local Identity Eroded Pan-Chinese Nationalism in Taiwan and Hong Kong"
2019 – Miguel A. Mariscal, "Demographics, Partisanship, & Competitiveness: Poll Closures in the Wake of Shelby"
2018 – Kalani Tissot - "Donors, Democracy, and Despair: An Analysis of Seattle’s Campaign Finance Reform"
Yulenni Venegas - "Respeta mi Existencia o Espera Resistencia: Mobilization of the Latino Immigrant Community Under Threat of Deportation"
2017 – Tyler James Pichette, “Populism, Deindustrialization, and Resentment: The Political Economy of Trump & Brexit”
2016 – Lauren Ariella Mittman, “What is Past is Prologue: Compromised Minority Representation in the American South”
2015 – Deniz Ahmet Irgi, "Re-Imagining the 'American' Nation: A post-Racial Struggle to 'Race' Undocumented Students"
2014 – Morgan Faye Galloway, "Blackhawks and Human Rights: The Impact and Consequences of Short-term Incentives in Militarizing 'Plan Colombia'"
2013 – William Zachary Brenc, "Gimme Hope John: United States Foreign Policy Towards South Africa Under Kennedy and the Origins of Constructive Engagement"
– Griffin Thomas Smith, "A Sleepwalking Society: The American Dream in the Twentieth Century"
2012 – Chad Thomas Johnson, "The Effect of Locally Designated Job Access Reverse Commute Programs on Employment of the Poor in Los Angeles"
2011 – Sean A. Freeder, "Electoral Spending Shifts in a Post-Citizens United America" and Jeffrey Jon Ostrove, "On the Normative Concept in an Anti-realist Sense"
2010 – Samuel Holden Garfield, "Politics in the University District Farmers' Market: Towards a Political Anthropology of Markets"
2009 – Ivan Panchenko, "Economic Reform in Ukraine and Estonia (1990-99): The Relationship between Political Continuity and Economic Reform in Two Post-Soviet Transition Economies"
2008 – Charlotte Sanders, “Media, Militants and Elections: An Analysis of the Portrayal of Hamas in U.S. Print Media”
2007 – Christopher Dmitri Berk, “Politicizing the Prison” and Robin H. Engle, "Public Financing and State Legislative Gender Diversity"
2006 – Jennifer W. Howk, "The Truly Socialist War on Terror: Revolution and
Redefinition in Post-Soviet Cuba" and Elizabeth Lyly Mai Harrington, "Young Russian Women and the Corporatization of the Individual"
2005 – Candace Lynn Faber, "Ghosts that Bear Arms: Nostalgia and Russian military involvement in the former Soviet states"
2004 – Tessa Victoria Capeloto, "Assessing the Instrumental Value of Assassination as a Means to Combat Terror: The Israeli Experience"
2003 – Sean Charles Kellogg, "Government Procurement in the Digital Era: Rethinking Property Rights Driven Innovation"
2002 – Susan Landes, "The Problem of the Ability-Line"
2001 – Lael Karen Weis, "Remembering Forgetfulness: An aesthetic re-reading of democratic politics" and Jeffrey Keith Roberson, "Incremental removal of sanctions: two case studies in increased effectiveness of sanctions"
2000 – Erik Mobrand, "Foreign Aid and Embedded Liberalism: the case of US aid to Russia"
1999 – Aram Adam Meade, "The Post Authorities Dilemma: Can Nascent Democracies Find Justice For Past Political Crimes"
Sharon Redeker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Service
Sharon Redeker served as the Department of Political Science’s Academic Services Director for 15 years and was an integral part of the UW campus for almost 30 years. During this time, Redeker developed the Department’s internship and volunteer service programs placing hundreds of students in public service positions. Her commitment to citizenship and public spirit remains at the core of our program.
The Redeker Award is granted each year to a graduating senior with outstanding achievement in the area of public service.
2021 – Harkiran Singh
2020 – Tania Algebori
2019 – Jade J. Lauw
2018 – Alissa Mustre
2017 – Diana Betancourt
2016 – Daniel Keum & Samuel Miller Wright
2015 – Emily Erin Lake
2014 – Courtney Michelle Arrington
2013 – Janice Yuet Chun Leung
2012 – Elizabeth Ann Saurwein
2011 – Scott B. Davis
2010 – Martin Duglas Sepulveda
2009 – Helen Hoang Ho
2008 – Joseph Allen Stockton
2007 – Nicholas Austin Fusso
2006 – Tsering Lhadon Dhongthog
2005 – Lindsay Danielle Scola
2004 – F. Lee Hinebaugh
2003 – Julianna P. Rigg
2020 – Jonathan Beck
2019 – Chelsea Moore
2018 – Christianna Parr, Jennifer Driscoll
2017 – Emma Rodman, Nora Williams, Xiao Ma
2016 – Vanessa Quince
2015 – Jared Stewart
2014 – Tania Melo
2013 – Joannie Tremblay-Boire
2012 – Josh Eastin
2011 – Jason Lambacher and Allison Rank
2010 – Andrew Cockrell
2009 – Deepa Bhandaru
2008 – Lawrence Cushnie
2007 – Julianna P. Rigg
2006 – Joshua Sapotichne
2005 – Adrian C. Sinkler
2004 – Talal S. Hattar
2003 – Turan Kayaoglu
2002 – Katherine E. Stenger
2001 – David J. Watkins and Yoshinori Nishizaki
2021 – Zhaowen Guo, “Livestreaming Pollution: Information Provision and Civic Engagement in Authoritarian Regimes”
2020 – Will Gochberg, “The Social Costs of Titling Land: Evidence from Uganda"
2019 – David Lucas, "Community and the Capabilities Approach"
2018 – Calvin Garner, “Violence against the Media in Non-Democratic Regimes: Evidence from Russia”
2017 – Mathieu Dubeau, “Reclaiming Species-Being: Toward an Interspecies Historical Materialism”
2016 – Aaron Erlich, "Shaping Citizens' Expectations with Pre-Election Information: Evidence from a Laboratory Experiment in the Country of Georgia"
2015 – Yu Sasaki, "Publishing Nations: Technology Acquisition and Language Standardization for European Ethnic
2015 – Tyler Reny, "Mobilizing Immigration Attitudes: Context, Competition, and Contemporary Racial Appeals"
2014 – Hannah Walker and Kasra Oskooii, “Explaining Executive Discretion: A Mixed-Method Study of the Pardon Process in Washington State"
2013 – Nicholas Stramp, "Presidents Profiting From Disasters: Evidence of Presidential Distributive Politics"
2012 – Sijeong Lim, "Financial Market, Labor Market, and Welfare Policy Portfolio in the Developing World"
2011 – Heather Pool, "Mourning Emmett Till: Racial Violence and Political Change" and Brad Epperly, "Political Competition and Judicial Empowerment in Non-Demmocracies"
2010 – Joshua Eastin, "Combat Eruptions: The Effects of Natural Disasters on Violent Civil Conflict"
2009 – Taedong Lee, "Global Cities and Climate Change"
2008 – Brian Greenhill, "International Socialization and the Diffusion of Human Rights Norms"
2007 – Adrian C. Sinkler - "Privatizing the Patrimony: State-Society Relations and the Demand for Private Rights in Rural Mexico"
2006 – Umut Aydin - "Competition and Cooperation: Subsidies in the US, Canada and the EU"
2005 – John Ahlquist - "Fiscal Policy and Capital Flows in the North and South"
2004 – Christian K. Breunig, "Distribution of Budget Changes in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States"
2003 – Adam N. Luedtke - "European Integration, Public Opinion andImmigration Policy: Testing the Impact of National Identity"
2002 – Tamir M. Moustafa - "Law Versus the State: Credible Commitments and the Establishment of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt"
2001 – Tracy E. Sulkin, “Legislators’ Responsiveness to Campaign Themes: Toward an Agenda-Based Model of Representation.” and Benjamin B. Smith, “Collective Action With and Without Islam: Mobilizing the Bazaar in Iran”
Stuart A. Scheingold is an eminent scholar in the study of law and society. He has conducted pioneering research regarding the European Court of Justice, the politics of rights advocacy, political discourse about crime, and cause lawyering, among other topics. Scheingold contributed to a vibrant tradition of graduate and undergraduate education in the Political Science field of public law for over 30 years at the University of Washington. In honor of this legacy, the Scheingold Award is awarded annually to the best graduate student paper in the public law field.
2020 – Jonathan Beck, " Inequality and the Human Right to Tuition-Free Higher Education: Mobilizing Human Rights in the German Movement Against Tuition Fees"
2019 – Jeffrey Grove, "Judicial Settlement: Courts and Territorial Expansion in the Late 19th Century"
2017 – Chelsea Moore and Emma Rodman, “It Would Mean Little Absent Governmental Recognition: Dignity, Legal Personhood, and State Power in Obergefell v. Hodges"
2015 – Feliz Kahraman, "A New Era for Labor Activism? Claiming Trade Union Rights as Human Rights"
2014 – Laura Back, “The Neglected Subjects of Civil Rights: A School Desegregation Case Study”
2013 – Erin Adam, "Rights Discourses and Framing: Lesbian and Gay Anti-Discrimination Policy in Washington State"
2013 – Betsy Cooper, "Rights Discourses and Framing: Lesbian and Gay Anti-Discrimination Policy in Washington State"
2012 – Kristine Taylor, "Untimely Subjects: White Trash and the Politics of Racial Innocence in the Postwar South"
2011 – Seth Greenfest, "Jurisdiction-Granting: Legislative Capacity and Ideological Distance"
2010 – Christopher Heurlin, "Information and Legacies: Electoral Volatility in the Post Communist World"
2009 – Annie Menzel - "The SCHIP's "fetus option": An intimate geography of the global racial regime of citizenship."
2008 – Shauna Fisher - "It Takes (At Least) Two to Tango: Fighting with Words in the Conflict over Same-Sex Marriage"
2007 – Sooenn Park - "The Human in the Making: Politics of Human Rights without Human Foundation"
2006 – Jennifer Fredette, "What Not to Wear: A Legal Mobilization Approach to Explaining Recent Rights Claiming in France"
2005 – Iza R. Hussin, "The Pursuit of the Perak Regalia: Law and the Making of the Colonial State"
2004 – Ceren Belge - "Friends of the Court: The Republican Alliance and Selective Activism of the Constitutional Court of Turkey"
2003 – Glenn D. Mackin - "Feminism and Paradigms of Law"
2002 – Claire E. Rasmussen
2001 – Scott E. Lemieux and Jeffrey R. Dudas, "Of Savages and Sovereigns: Tribal Self-Administration and the Legal Construction of Dependence"
2021 – Grace Reinke, “Social Reproduction as Political Resistance”
2020 – Beatrice Magistro,and Nicolas Wittstock, "Explaining the rise of anti-immigration parties: changes in preferences and issue salience after the 2015 refugee crisis in Italy"
2019 – Carolyn Dapper, "Chicago and Charlottesville: White Rioting and Ritual Violence in the Trump Era"
2017 – Stephanie Stanley, “Social Movements and Electoral Politics: The Effects of Political Organization on Political Strategy”
2016 – Andreu Casas Salleras and Nora Webb Williams, "Images that Matter: Online Protest and the Mobilizing Role of Pictures"
2015 – Seth Trenchard, "The Pleasure of Judgment and Its Use: Rethinking the Subject in Aesthetic Judgment"
2014 – Amanda Clayton
2013 – Deepa Bhandaru
2012 – James Chamberlain
2011 – Daniel Berliner
2021 – Megan Erickson & Lucas Owen, “Blood Avocados: Trade Liberalization and Cartel Violence in Mexico”
2020 – Bree Bang-Jensen, "The Good News about Treaty Exit: Denunciation of Regressive Treaties"
2019 – Christiana Parr, "Leaders and Laggards: Environmental Treaty Ratification and Civil Society"
2016 – Chris Colligan and Christopher Whyte, "Concordance in Digital Affairs: Cyber Threats and Threat Inflation in Civil Military Perspectives"
2015 – Daniel Yoo, "Financial Intermediaries, Capital Account Liberalization, and Financial Sector Reform in Latin America"
2014 – Meredith Loken
2013 – Eric Schwab
2012 – Mary Anne Madeira
2021 – Rachel Castellano, “Opportunities and Obstacles: How Consulting Civil Society Organizations Can Affect Human Trafficking Policy”
2020 – J.P. Anderson, "Far from Ideal: Cross-national Comparison of Prison Disproportionalities" Ryan Goehrung, "The Price of Marriage and Women's Political Representation"
2019 – Rafeel Wasif, "Guilty by Donating: Understanding the Impact of 9/11 on Donations to Islamic NGOs"
2016 – Beatrice Magistro, "The Asymmetric Effects of the Eurozone Crisis on Support for Democracy"
2015 – Xiao Ma, "Term Limit and Authoritarian Power-Sharing: Theory and Evidence from China"
2014 – Andrew Cockrell
The Camden Hall Graduate Research Grant is awarded for expenses related to research on topics in American politics and constitutionalism, particularly issues related to equality and voting rights and to freedom of speech, thought, assembly, or religion. The funds are not limited to studies of constitutional law. Studies of politics that relate to constitutionalism in its broader political and social context are also eligible.
2020 - Brian Leung, Dennis Young
2019 - Grace Reinke
2017 - Emma Rodman
2016 - Sean Butorac
2015 - Andreu Casas and Nora Williams
2020 - Lucas Owen
2019 - Dennis Young
2018 - Ellen Ahlness
2017 - Vanessa Quince
2016 - Vanessa Quince
2015 - Elizabeth Chrun
The David J. Olson Graduate Research Grant is awared for expenses related to research on regional governments and subgovernments (e.g., state, regional, local) or research related to work or the politics of labor.
2020 - Zhaowen Guo
2019 - Jeffrey Grove
2018 - Riddhi Mehta Neugebauer
2017 - Riddhi Mehta Neugebauer, Jonathan Beck
2016 - Daniel Yoo and Anna Zelenz
2015 - Erin Adam and David Lopez
The Peter May Graduate Research Grant provides two awards for expenses related to research in any field of political science.
2020 - Inhwan Ko
2019 - Morgan Wack
2018 - Mathieu Dubeau
2017 - Wesley Zuidema
2016 - Meredith Loken
2015 - Crystal Pryor
2014 - Andrew Cockrell
2020 - Rachel Castellano, Ryan Goehring
2019 - Sebastian Mayer
2018 - Rafeel Wasif
2017 - Chelsea Moore
2020 - Christianna Parr
2019 - Tan Zhao
2018 - Yusri Supiyan and Beatrice Magistro
2017 - William Gochberg, Stephen Walker, Beatrice Magistro
2020 - Megan Erickson
2019 - Kenya Amano
2018 - Bree Beng-Jensen
2017 - Christopher Colligan
2018 - Christopher Colligan
2017 - Wesley Zuidema
2016 - Vanessa E. Quince
2015 - Meredith M. Loken
2014 - James A. Harmon, Jr.
2012 - Emily K. Gade
2011 - William L. d’Ambruoso
2010 - Joshua C. Eastin
2019 - Bree Beng-Jensen
2018 - Kevin Aslett, Beatrice Magistro
2017 - Nora Webb Williams, Daniel Yoo
2014 - Xiao Ma
2013 - Amanda Clayton Dye
2019 - Brian Leung
2018 - Kylie Clay
2017 - Meredith M. Loken
2016 - Xiao Ma
This award honors Nancy Hartsock, a feminist political theorist who was a professor in the departments of Political Science and Women’s Studies (now known as Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies) at the University of Washington. The award recognizes graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences who demonstrate through writing or research, excellent and noteworthy contributions to the field of feminist theory, with a preference that the funds shall be used to recognize extraordinary writing in feminist theory.
2021 - Xin Peng (Cinema and Media Studies)
2017 - Jiwoon Lee (GWSS), Mediha P. Sorma (GWSS)
2013 - Kathleen Boyd (English)
2014-15 - Aaron Erlich
2013-14 - Kendra Dupuy
2012-13 - Sijeong Lim
2010-11 - Daniel Berliner