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APCG-Lynne Rienner Best Dissertation Award

The APCG-Lynne Rienner Best Dissertation Award Committee invites submissions for the best dissertation in African politics 2013. The award carries a prize and is intended to recognize outstanding scholarship in African politics. Only one dissertation may be nominated per department. Dissertations that were completed and accepted in the 2013 calendar year are eligible for this award. This year’s selection committee includes: Lahra Smith (Georgetown University, chair), Alice Kang (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and Kris Inman (National Intelligence University).

Departments are requested to submit a letter of nomination and an electronic copy of the dissertation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2014.

APCG-African Affairs Best Graduate Student Paper Award

The APCG-African Affairs Best Graduate Student Paper Award Committee seeks nominations for the 2013/14 award. The award carries a cash prize and is intended to recognize outstanding scholarship in African politics. Eligible papers must be nominated by a member of the APCG (self nominations not allowed), written by a graduate student, and presented at the 2013 APSA, 2013 ASA, 2013 ISA, or 2013 MPSA annual meeting. The papers cannot have a co-author with a Ph.D. This year’s committee consists of: Susannah Wing (Haverford College, chair), Fodei Batty (Quinnipiac University), and James Hentz (VMI).

To nominate a paper, please send an email with the paper’s author, title, and the conference name to the committee chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2014.

APCG Best Article

The APCG Best Article Committee seeks nominations for the 2013 award. All articles published in peer-reviewed journals in 2013 are eligible. This year’s committee includes: Nadia Horning (Middlebury College, chair), Melinda Adams (James Madison University), and Kate Baldwin (Yale University). Please send the full abstract and, if possible, a copy of the article itself to the committee chair, Nadia Horning, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2014.

APCG Best Book Award

The APCG Best Book Award Committee invites nominations for the 2013 award. To be eligible, books must have been published in English in 2013. Books should analyze an issue related to political science or international relations with special reference to Africa. The book should employ methodological techniques regarded as appropriate by any subgroup of contemporary political scientists. Edited volumes are not eligible. Translations of books written in a foreign language qualify if the translation was published in 2013.

This year’s committee consists of: Jeff Conroy-Krutz (Michigan State University), Daniel Posner (UCLA), Landry Signé (University of Alaska-Anchorage). Please send nominations to the committee chair, Daniel Posner, at the following e-mail address:
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Copies of nominated books must then be sent to each committee member at the addresses listed below no later than April 30, 2014.

Jeff Conroy-Krutz
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
303 South Kedzie Hall
Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI 48824

Daniel Posner
James S. Coleman Professor of International Development
UCLA Department of Political Science
4289 Bunche Hall
Box 951472
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1472

Landry Signé
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Social Sciences Building, Room 367
University of Alaska at Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

APCG Award Winners 2012-2013 
 
               
 
APCG-Lynne Rienner Award for Best Dissertation
Janet Lewis, “How Rebellion Begins: Insurgent Group Formation and Viability in Uganda,” Harvard University, PhD Dissertation, 2012
 
APCG-African Affairs Award for Best Graduate Student Paper
Amanda Robinson, PhD Candidate, Stanford University, “Nationalism and Inter-Ethnic Trust: Evidence from an African Border Region”
 
Honorable Mention for APCG-African Affairs Award for Best Graduate Student Paper
Manuela Travaglianti, PhD Candidate, New York University, “Violent Out-Bidding: Violence against Co-Ethnics in Burundi’s 2010 Elections”
 
APCG Award for Best Article in 2012
Séverine Autesserre, Barnard College, Columbia University
“Dangerous Tales: Dominant Narratives on the Congo and their Unintended Consequences,” African Affairs 111, 413 (April 2012)
 
APCG Award for Best Book in 2012 (co-winner)
Leonardo Arriola, University of California, Berkeley
Multiethnic Coalitions in Africa: Business Financing of Opposition Election Campaigns. New York: Cambridge University Press.
 
APCG Award for Best Book in 2012 (co-winner)
Crawford Young, University of Wisconsin, Madison
The Postcolonial State in Africa: Fifty Years of Independence, 1960-2010. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
 
Honorable Mention for APCG Award for Best Book in 2012
Anne Pitcher, University of Michigan
Party Politics and Economic Reform in Africa’s Democracies. New York: Cambridge University Press.


 
 
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