The Edward S. Corwin prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the field of public law, which is broadly defined to include the judicial process, judicial behavior, judicial biography, courts, law, legal systems, the American constitutional system, civil liberties, or any other substantial area, or any work which deals in a significant fashion with a topic related to or having substantial impact on the American Constitution. The award carries a prize of $750. APSA awards are presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting.
Nominations must be received by Monday, February 12, 2018. Submit a nomination here!
About the 2017 Award Recipient
Allison P. Harris is an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at Pennsylvania State University. Her research is in the subfield of American politics with specific focus in the areas of judicial politics, the criminal justice system, state politics, representation, and political methodology. Allison’s current research program investigates the effect of group-level characteristics on individual criminal court judges’ decisions. Specifically, she finds that as the group of judges comprising the criminal court bench becomes more racially diverse, individual judges are less likely to render incarceration sentences in felony cases with Black defendants. Allison’s other projects address disparities in police traffic stops, changes in public opinion on reparations, and the relationship between redistricting and state-level polarization. [ … ]